Basically, I’m a writer.
I worked in higher ed administrations for awhile (UT Austin and LSU) and later became a managing editor for a couple of regional magazines in Texas and Louisiana. Then a series of family health issues prompted me to become a stay-at-home person/parent/daughter.
I also accidentally became a homeschool mom.
Back in 2008 I launched Red, White & Grew as a way to explore and promote the idea of “victory gardening.” Hence the patriotic, eco-friendly name and tagline: “Red, White & Grew: Modern Life in the Spirit of the Victory Garden.” Frankly, my early blogging efforts were about me finding a creative outlet while I raised a kid and, eventually, stepped up to help care for an elderly, disabled parent–my late mother.
Over time the blog has transformed (or, if you will, grew – get it?). Here I’ve shared thoughts on broader, more eclectic interests than gardening: education, bullying, self-care, parenting, and eldercare. Along the way, my work has been featured on news outlets in the United States and Canada. I also gave a TEDx talk, presented a few conference speeches, and wrote two small books on parenting/homeschooling for a non-profit education organization.
Not too bad for a hobby blogger, eh?
Currently I’m working on a couple of near-and-dear passion projects: one about a Texas pioneer woman named Sophie and another about my (mis)adventures in eldercare.
Page last updated 6 May 2017.