Renee Gatz was born and raised in New Jersey in a traditional Irish Catholic household where her mother often used expressions to help Gatz keep life in perspective, to remind her of what was important and to laugh at foolishness so as not to take life too seriously. In her early growing years, Gatz did not appreciate the power of the expressions her mother spoke but as she grew was amazed at how these expressions would come back to her to provide clarity, understanding or a laugh at just the right moment. Gatz was motivated to share these expressions in her book, Wise Words & Witty Expressions based on the positive response she would receive when she would mention one in conversation, the surprise that an expression she had heard her entire life was new to someone and her natural desire to communicate those great thoughts with others.
Wise Words & Witty Expressions is a collection of the expressions my parents said to me growing up to help me navigate life's ups and downs. When I was young, I did not appreciate the value and power of these sayings but as I grew I was amazed at their ability to come back to me at just the right moment in my life to help me laugh, understand and even survive.