Growing up in a family of storytellers I developed a listening habit. I also understand that the ancestors are grooming me to perform work while I’m on this earth. Writing is one of the ways I do it.
I’ve been writing and publishing for 30-plus years, and along the way I have also worked with American Indian Health for a program offering spiritual connection and Indian doctoring for Native Americans living with AIDS. As a Program Director with Hospice and We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network. As a coordinator in South Korea with a family exchange program, and at a Youth Crisis Shelter for homeless teens. I've volunteered with CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with at-risk and foster youth in transition, and in schools, with American Indian Education Projects and mentoring beginning and emerging writers with Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. I have the lived experience as the mother of Korean adoptees, as the mother of a child with a brain tumor, and as a mixed blood woman and grandmother with light skin privilege.
In my life a host of teachers have crossed my path, always showing up at the right time. For every success we have I believe it is important to remember how we got there. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I have without the steadfast guidance from teams of good people who gave their time to me, mentoring, shepherding, guiding and veering me along. I owe an extraordinary debt to all of my teachers who have taught me many wise things about writing and publishing and life. Writing is one of the ways I show respect and give thanks to my mentors.
It’s a privilege to have readers. Thank you for being one.