Those of you who don’t know me…join the club!
I was born on February 18, 1952…on a defunct Air Force Base, in the state of Illinois, U.S.A. My life until I was 18 was a life of constant travel…town to town, state to state and once I lived in a foreign country, the Philippines. After I was 18, my life was a life of constant travel, but not in the United States…I left it when I was 18 in fact and never returned, except for a few brief visits.
The first 10 years of my adult life, I lived and worked in different African countries. There I had the experience of civil war, revolution and general upheaval. Though I loved African and its people, it got wearisome.
In 1982, therefore, I settled down in Italy…though moving from city to city and province to province. In 1994 I settled down at last. I live in the extreme north of that country, in the province of Trentino, not far from the Austrian border.
I sculpt, paint, draw, take photographs, write poetry and short stories. Lately I’ve been doing more of the latter three activities though. I love to read, like the cinema (but not splatters et al), and any type of music that fits my mood. I used to sing, second soprano and play the piano, though I gave the piano up early in life. I monitor an English Conversation Group in the winter. I’m married to an artist and retired teacher (my second husband). I have three sons and four grandchildren. So, of course I’m never bored.
Now…for my appearance…my hair is graying, my eyes are light blue tending also to gray , in the summer I tan and get pale in the winter…sometimes I’m thin, when I remember to watch what I eat…right now, alas, I’m a chubby kitty .
I blog at Bastet and Sekhmet…I chose those names for several reasons; I like cats, my two computers are named after these two Egyptian Goddesses and they express two aspects of my personality…domestic and warrior.
I also monitor for We Drink Because We’re Poets the weekly photographic prompt…my challenge, get people to take photographs for their blogs and if someone writes a poem for their photo, I feel that my work has been useful.
Now, here I am on the 13th Floor, to offer my ideas about poetry, writing, photography and anything else that may be interesting to a world that has lost sight of anything that goes beyond daily hand to mouth consumerism. Oh, not by explaining anything, I’ve nothing to explain. As the Zen masters would say: do not say, everyone has their path to follow and each has his own talent, that is my philosophy of life…short and simple.
At present, I’m working on a book of Haiku with my personal pencil and sepia drawings which I hope to publish in Italian and English…I want to put together two anthologies of my short stories and as a member of the Italian Union Photographers, I hope to submit some of my photos to be published and maybe take part in some of the local exhibitions.
So now, you know about as much about me as I do…or maybe not