The Writer I Am


My birth mother named me Ruth Ann.


A young military couple adopted me in 1952, named me Mary Ellen Caffrey, and gave me the life my poor textile worker mother could not.

This image is of Lt. Al Caffrey and Yours Truly at my new parents' Sumter, SC apartment, March 1952, the month I came to live with them.

I tell stories

about my adopted life in an Air Force family: the moves--South Carolina, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Tokyo--my childhood separations.

I began to write when I learned what words were for.