Category Archives: dreamer

Age

I’ve been waiting for this age for over four decades! I never knew when it would come, or if I’d even appreciate it when it did, but it’s finally here, and I’m excited to say I’m smart enough to take … Continue reading

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Worth…less

Is there a cure for low self-esteem? More carrots? A smoothie? Sunlight? Chocolate cake? For too many years, I pursued a career designed to make me feel worth… less. Not worthless, but worth less than others in the same job … Continue reading

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Proud Daughter

Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it until I die… I’m so proud of my mom! This time it’s because she did something even she wasn’t sure she’d do. She wrote a book! All. By. … Continue reading

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Minimalism and Some Glitter

Chapter 2017, page 1. Ready?  Five and a half years ago, when my dream of being a published author seemed slim, even after the lovely agent (Mary Sue Seymour, founder of The Seymour Agency) offered to represent me, I applied … Continue reading

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Saying Yes to Vicki Tracy

I read the email from Vicki Tracy four times before I understood the significance of it. She was asking me if I wanted to be a judge for her latest benefit, Naples’ Dancing with the Stars, where a cast of … Continue reading

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Best. Gift. Ever.

Last year my hubby declared that instead of gifts for my birthday, he was giving me twelve months of memories. Each month for the past year we disappeared for a getaway, and I loved every second of time spent with … Continue reading

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We Wrote a Book

My mom and I wrote a book! It’s a middle grade fantasy novel, and it’s for all readers ages 10 and up. I’m so super excited about this project, because it’s something we did together. This book was something we … Continue reading

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Dear 2015

Dear 2015, Thank you for the lessons learned, even the ones I didn’t know I needed. For 2015 I said I wouldn’t spend money on designer items, and I didn’t. Instead, I used that money to make memories with my … Continue reading

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Erase the Line

“We didn’t cross the line. We erased it.” ~ Simon Cleveland, Ph.D. All the best moments in my life happen because of my husband. He’s my anchor in my storm. When we were in college, people said we were crossing the … Continue reading

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The Art of Being Human

Just because I left, doesn’t mean I was ready to go… My Halloween costume this year reminded me why I first decided to leave the field of education. Because way back when, a parent told me I was a bad … Continue reading

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Blurring the Lines

“Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” ~Red Smith variation After one blood transfusion, I’m so super excited to present Blurring the Lines: a Men of the Zodiac series novel releasing on November 16th! Here’s the cover! … Continue reading

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Diversity

“What does diversity mean to you?” This question has bothered me since the beginning of the year when Hernan Fratto asked me this during an interview. I didn’t have an answer then, and I’m not sure I have a complete … Continue reading

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Time and other thoughts before I turn forty

2010 Half a decade ago, when I was halfway to seventy, I “retired” from teaching to pursue a dream… I took one year to start this blog and to write full-time. 2011 But after the year, when I didn’t have … Continue reading

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This. Happened.

The act of writing is such a solitary journey, but publishing an anthology with 16 other authors was a remarkable adventure. On June 2, 2015, my debut young adult novel, Accidental Butterfly, released as part of a boxed set called … Continue reading

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Country Asian

“I didn’t know Asians liked country music.” Some of you reading this know my story. Others do not. I’m pretty mellow, low key, and unassuming. I’m grateful to wake up every morning, have a passion for products Made in the … Continue reading

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Yes, let’s do this

“Yes, let’s do this.” That’s how it started. Three people reuniting for dinner after a summer spent apart, and in the midst of sharing experiences, an idea germinated into action. Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala Joins New Global Heart Imprint … Continue reading

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Sometimes

Sometimes I miss the person I thought I wanted to become before I became the person I am. I gave up panty hose and designer suits, credit card debit, and ten hour days with two to three hour commutes. I gave … Continue reading

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Being a Friend

To This Guy I Know: Thank you for being a guy I know and for being pretty amazing. Everyone should have a friend like you. I know one of your friends. He’s super lucky to have you his life. I … Continue reading

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Jeff Lytle and Naples Depot

Jeff Lytle retired and the Naples Press Club hosted a retirement party for him at the Naples Depot Museum. Cleverly titled Just a “Lytle” Celebration, the event drew quite the crowd. Super thanks to NPC VP Randall Kenneth Jones for organizing … Continue reading

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Simple Pleasures

Sarasota, Florida. Der Dutchman. Shuffleboard. Ice cream. When life gets too hectic and negative stress presses on all sides of your life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and shut down. Well, it’s easy for me to shut down. But this time, instead … Continue reading

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