A Cajun girl in a kilt, that’s me. My dad was born and raised in southeast Louisiana, as was I, but my mother was born to immigrants from Glasgow, Scotland, who came to the US for religious freedom and the hope of a better life. Upon marrying my father, however, my mother abandoned her Scottish heritage and adopted my father’s culture, cuisine, and customs. Ancestry.com tells me I am 75% British Isles and only 25% French, but I’ve always thought of myself as an even mix of the two cultures.

After spending twenty years in the legal field as a real estate paralegal and lease negotiator, I spent two glorious years as a trailing spouse in the heart of Europe, in the lovely country of Belgium. I spent most days volunteering at the international school my daughters were attending, in the high school library, working as a teacher’s aide in a critical thinking class, organizing a middle school Renaissance banquet, and conducting cooking demonstrations on the foods of ancient civilizations.

My days in that bustling school filled me with energy and awoke in me a burgeoning creativity, leading me to return to graduate school to become certified to teach English at the middle school and secondary school level.

From 2007 to 2020, I taught middle school English and literature in the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic schools. Once again, my own creative juices were awakened as I taught writing to 7th and 8th graders, beginning my career as a freelance writer.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced me out of my classroom for a year, but I returned for the 2021-2022 school year to teach middle school religion. I’m still having difficulty with the “retired school teacher” status, but I will be spending the summer and future school years doing the things I love most: spending time with my husband and daughters, reading, writing, tutoring, and cooking for my family and friends.

Whether you are here to read my personal essays, check out my pieces that have been published, seek out tutoring services for your child, or just need some grown-up grammar help, welcome! Drop me a note and let me know how I can help you!

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“I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly you find—at the age of fifty, say—that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about…. It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.” ~Agatha Christie, An Autobiography (1977)