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After watching the movie, Julie and Julia, I realized the significance of shared glimpses and gambits on what is purposeful meaningful in our lives. Some of my own perceptions are profiled through my novel; who knows, maybe it will include “Pieces of You.”
This is what I would tell everyone: I am distinctly creative and reasonably intelligent, with a zany sense of humor. These are a few of my favorite things: science fiction (and most other books, too); stimulating conversation (actually that should be at the top of the list); any shades of pink and purple; trying new things and visiting new places (especially with my grandchildren); and the list goes on…
This is what you may want to know: I have a masters’ degree in Communications and Urban Studies from Michigan State and have used my interdepartmental degree for two different careers. Urban Studies enabled me to be an effective economic development director; the communications focus has allowed me to teach public speaking, English and writing, and several other topics at the college level starting with a public speaking class at a military base for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. By the way, I never planned to teach public speaking because I didn’t take the course in college because of fear. Neither did I plan to go into the Peace Corps but I volunteered after my children left home. I was in the first group ever to go into Kazakhstan, with a mission to set up Small Business Development Centers to serve entrepreneurs who had never before had the opportunity to run a business. It was the most fascinating and frustrating experience of my life.
This is what I only tell my readers: You are urged to contribute realistic, respectful feedback on whatever I offer, but especially on passages from my novel. I challenge you, too, to take up the tools of verbal and written communication, our greatest resources for “being the changes we wish to see in the world” (Gandhi).