Retired public school teacher, 30 years, Andover MA
Past Columnist, Phi Kappa Phi Forum 2000 - 2006
Current Sole Proprietor, Terry's Thoughts and Threads, Quilters' Quarters
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts. Mid-way through high school, our family moved to a small town north of Boston, near the New Hampshire Border. Going from a parochial school for girls to a public high school was a dramatic change. Observing the differences probably led to my seeking a career as a teacher.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote as a young child, primarily poetry. In fifth grade (still public school) I wrote competitively with one of my classmates, seeking the approval and reading of our teacher.
The Quilter's Quarters is part memoir, part story, part how-to and part journal. The book contains brief stories of several quilts. It also introduces Helen and Henry, and elderly, happily married couple who own a small toy and quilt shop. This first issue includes the first mystery they will encounter through the series. The print version includes a full color photo album of thirty quilts.
Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma was the first volume of the story of my unexpected diagnosis of RRMS (relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis) and the nightly injections that contributed to the end of my career. Told in first person point of view, the stories quickly engaged readers who had experienced their own unexpected disappointments in life.
Multiple Sclerosis, Melanoma and More is part 2.
Georgetown is located 35 miles north of the City of
Boston. It is in Essex County and has a number of historical seventeenth century neighbors. Unlike its neighbors, Georgetown has its own K-12 public school system, and is the home of "Erie Four," the oldest still operating privately owned fire company in the United States, funded primarily by donations. These are some of its citizens' stories.
The true story of a middle-aged woman being unexpectedly diagnosed with a young person's disease: multiple sclerosis. The journey to diagnosis and the reality of the treatment brought a premature end to her career as a public school teacher. Making decisions about disease modifying drugs and their side effect/benefit ratio; receiving the support of a loving spouse; questioning the diagnosis.
A collection of columns previously published in the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, focusing on Education and Academics. Topics include: vignettes of students and teachers; a sample parent/teacher conference and the players involved; a retrospective look at cyclical changes in the classrooms of public schools; the necessity of parent and teacher involvement in motivating responsible funding for education
Once in Every Generation
on Dec. 12, 2011
Once in Every Generation by Lauren B. Grossman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was drawn to this book by the brief summary that hinted at a life interrupted by MS, for I have MS as well, and have recently written of it. Lauren has written a true novel, and her character development is excellent, her plot interesting with just enough layers and turns to hold the reader's enduring attention. I agree with the author's statement, that this is a book for all generations of readers. Bravo, Lauren, this is very well done. May I ask you to take a look at mine? Multiple Sclerosis,an Enigma
White Christmas - a short story
on Dec. 13, 2011
This is a delightful glimpse of a special day in the life of a young housekeeper, keeping Christmas for her Master and Mistress and their various assorted relatives, and keeping their secrets as well. I liked the easy flow of what might have been stilted language (though I did see an awkward place about half way through.) They were an engaging group of characters, very well developed for such a short piece, and i would like to read more of their story.
on Jan. 05, 2012
I love books with happy endings, and have grown to anticipate these when reading Peggy's books. This one is no exception. The two characters come to the relationship from very different backgrounds and experiences, but feel an instant attraction. The characters around them have a wet towel effect on their relationship, but it doesn't dim the spark. I gave this a four only because the third quarter of the book seemed almost endless, and I grew impatient. But the fourth quarter did not let me down. I would recommend this one for a long winter's night!
Whisper A Scream: Noche Files I
on Feb. 01, 2012
This was my novice reading in the Christian Horror genre, and it was quite an introduction. Demons, angels, preachers, therapists, fire and brimstone, mystery, curses, scriptures, religious history, revelations, time travel, dream-scapes ... it was a mystery with an elusive target. What was he searching for? What was he finding? Who could be trusted, and who could not?
Pete Turner displayed a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of scriptural stories and quotes . He weaves a tale of humanity vs. the supernatural, of friendship vs faith, and of some family members lost and mourned, and others simply set aside for the time being. A hint of history and a splash of natural settings and he has set the scene for a pyrotechnic drama on a nearly blank canvas.
There were some typos, some fragments, and a dialect that was somewhat jarring, but all of these blended gradually more gracefully into the story as the reader continued to follow the main character to his destiny.
I am glad I continued with the character to the end ... but will let you read it to see why. Four Stars from a first time Christian Horror reader!
Evolution of Insanity
on March 10, 2012
I found this book very interesting, but also very hard to stay attentive to. The style is not typical of readings I have done, and while that intrigued me, it made it difficult to hold on to the thread of what the author was conveying. Perhaps a more erudite reader with sophisticated skills would gain more from this book.
I thank the author for making it available to me.
No Teacher Left Standing
on Feb. 10, 2015
This is a true to life story of one year in an elementary teacher's life ... and in reading it, I felt as though I would have written it myself in just such a way. Believable characters, all too true situations, a passing admiring glimpse of nature ... You could not read this book and not come away with a better understanding of both the pressures faced and the tenacity required in a teaching career today. This is a validating read for teachers, and an enlightening one for those considering the career. Well done!