A FloridaWriter

My husband and I have lived in Sarasota for four years. We'd lived in Pennsylvania since 1985. There's plenty to say about life our PA life--how we researched our Upper Bucks County 1800's German farmhouse, how we carved out many gardens in an acre of lawn, put up a 40 x 10 "hoop house" to grow potted perennials, and started specialty annuals for cut flowers.  I continued to operate my small garden and design business from our rural home, having begun it in the Philadelphia suburbs.

 

This March, we moved from the still somewhat dated home we'd begun to upgrade just inside Sarasota city limits. It's a pleasant community full of Live Oaks, specimen trees, and tropical plants, but still required more maintennce than we wanted to bear. So we downsized again, and moved to a modern downtown apartment. 

We'd hardly begun to avail ourselves of the amenities and diverse community culture, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In this uncertain period of isolation, this new bright and airy space has quickly become our home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small portion of our plant collection from Pennsylvania still thrives in Florida's humidity and light--Aloes and other succulents, Bromeliads, and Orchids, and our little balcony keeps them in cozy company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've settled into a writing routine, and spend most days on new work or revisions. I've just completed three on-line memoir and personal essay classes. With the makings of a new creative non-fiction memoir in the works,  my goal is to publish a new book in 2021.


In my second year,  I was adopted by a childless couple, swept away from poor South Carolina roots into the high-expectations life of an Air Force officer. I invite you to follow my journey.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continue to write essays, prose poetry, and Japanese poetry, including haibun. A life-long hobby taking snap shots has evolved into creating haiga, which is a photo with an inserted haiku. Quite a few have been published, these three, in FreshOut Arts and Poetry Collective. 

Thanks very much for stopping by!