Donovan Alexander Niman

On September 25, 2021 my third grandchild, Donovan Alexander Niman, was silently born. He was announced stillborn. On October 6, 2021 we held his funeral. It’s been a devastating and heartbreaking couple of weeks for the family, with quite a bit of beauty and happiness shining through. (More on that next time.) Today, I wantContinue reading “Donovan Alexander Niman”

Our faces of Autism

Being a guardian and primary caretaker of a toddler with autism is hard. No matter what anyone says or does, it is hard. Some days are really easy. Some days are hard. And some days are impossible. I love this little girl. She is absolutely amazing! Sometimes she is dramatic… …Sometimes she is happy… …SometimeContinue reading “Our faces of Autism”

Playing with Flowers

In my photography course, one of the lessons was how to manipulate photos to create new images and to change the way we see things. For my project, I took some flowers I bought over Easter weekend and played around with arrangements, seperating individual flowers, destroying petals, and flattening the buds to find different viewsContinue reading “Playing with Flowers”

Learning Digital Photography Skill

Recently I took a class at SNHU on digital photography. I learned a lot about photography, including how to operate a camera and customize all of the controls. In my sixth week, I took a pleathera of black and white pictures, which I find striking and powerful. I wanted to share a couple of thoseContinue reading “Learning Digital Photography Skill”

My first FICTION publication is live!

It’s official! My first short story “Down the Country Road” has been published! You can read it here: https://penmenreview.com/down-the-country-road/ I’ve been waiting for this for over a month now. I was informed it would be published in early March, and have been patiently (impatiently) waiting for the story to go live before sharing the newsContinue reading “My first FICTION publication is live!”

My First Nonfiction Publication is Live!

My first creative non-fiction collaboration has been published! My team won the W.R.I.T.E. Challenge this year! You can read the article at: https://penmenreview.com/writing-resources/6-dos-and-donts-for-starting-a-new-writing-career/ I am super proud of my group for pulling this article off! Due to COVID-19 complications, my involvement was more limited than I intended, however I did pick out the author andContinue reading “My First Nonfiction Publication is Live!”

Coronavirus

Well, it’s official. My husband and our 16-month-old granddaughter have tested positive for COVID-19. My test results haven’t come back yet. We knew we were sick, but I honestly didn’t think it was “that sick” until my husband completely lost his sense of taste and smell. The baby, who is autistic and non-verbal at thisContinue reading “Coronavirus”

Second Chance Progress Check-In

Good morning and Happy New Year! It’s 2021 now, and things aren’t looking any better than last year. As such, I’ve decided to just focus on college, writing, and family. The world is chaos and I don’t like it. I lost my job, so I have some free time. Time to write. New medications areContinue reading “Second Chance Progress Check-In”