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I love to write, cook, and laugh.


I was born in Augusta, Georgia, to a banker and a homemaker. I have one older brother, a retired Army major, who is a lot more private than me... :-)

From an early age, I knew I loved writing and singing. I started writing poems when I was so tiny I had to tell them to my mother to write down. She also taught me to sing, and that's been a lifelong passion. [Nowadays it's mostly just the car and the shower that get to hear my warblings...]

After more than twenty years in the dating world, I have given that up. Mr. Right, if he's out there, will just have to find me.

In 2004 I adopted Alesia, and she is the light of my life. She is now a beautiful young woman, living on her own.

In 2007 I adopted my son Michael from Kazakhstan, at age 10. He is a sweetie pie, very adorable. He is missing his right hand due to a frostbite accident, but it doesn't slow him down. He loves sports, especially tennis and baseball, and he excels at both. He works in a restaurant.

Adopting my children really gave meaning to my life. I absolutely adore them. I wish more single women would consider adoption.

I lost my father to cancer in 1996, and I quit smoking a year later. It made me understand how fragile life is, and I became much more spiritual. I have a strong faith in God. I pray all the time, but I chafe at the philosophical confines of organized religion, and I keep a very open mind about everything.

My mother and I sold our respective residences in 2005 and moved in together, which was a good arrangement for childcare reasons - and besides, she was my best friend. Mom passed away in June 2020, leaving a big hole in my life, but I know she is still around, in spirit.

I work as a paralegal but writing is a passion of mine. In addition to blogging, I also write novels. Check out Ghosts in the Garden City and Leaf Season, on Amazon. I also have a cookbook, What's for Dinner, Mom? on Amazon.

My mother always says "If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Laughing is better." That's pretty much my philosophy of life, too.

Thanks for reading!


adoption, watching hgtv and the food channel whenever possible, cooking, movies, reading, writing, all things russian, exploring psychic phenomenon, making my friends laugh