Who am I — and What am I doing here?

Here is a re-run from several years ago.   The information may be familiar to some of the old-timers, but new to those who haven’t read it before.   Every now and then I am driven to publish a reminder of who I am and why I am writing, so I go back to one of these treatises from “back in the day.”

This is a hard thing to do, making up a sort of resumé, putting the right foot forward and all that. I have written about parts of my life story, so I’ll just fill in a few blanks and say a few facts. Facts are good.

Writing is my first love…since I was old enough to hold a pencil without poking out an eye, letters and words on a page have always fascinated me. Finally learning to actually read and write was thrilling for me. I read everything available, and still remember some of my favorite books even after all these years.

I have been around for more than four-score years, but please don’t anyone hold that against me. I try really hard to avoid being obnoxious or too much of a know-it-all, and I really do work at not being rude, out-spoken, or annoying. Everyone who knows me if they are reading this are rolling their eyes and saying “yeah, right!”

Blogging is one of the best things that has ever come to my attention. I did try journaling, keeping a diary, but that got old fast. My great-grandmother was a good diarist, whose life was filled with interesting things to write about: the Goodyear blimp’s maiden voyage over Akron Ohio, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) although I don’t think she ever wrecked any bars with an ax like Carrie Nation did…and she wrote often about her “soldier boy,” who was a Civil War cavalry man. My grandmother, on the other hand, didn’t enjoy writing much, and her entries complained about the garbage men banging up the trash cans, and the ice man dripping water all over the basement stairs, and how old her mother would have been had she lived past 93.

My work history includes having been a newspaper reporter, political hack at various times, city council clerk, and a full-time student once I hit the age of 50. I do hold a master’s degree in History, notably United States and Latin American History, but ran short of a doctorate in History because I ended up ABD (all but dissertation) at about age 70…because I had other things to do that were more productive. Such as more writing, selling books and stuff on ebay.

My writing has found its home with WordPress, blogging satisfies my need to write about anything and everything, and I can go on and on about my life…and if anyone doesn’t want to read it they don’t have to. The story of my life history will just go on in cyberspace forever.

Five children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren give me more fodder for great prose. I love CATS, nature, all kinds of needlework, collecting stuff…lots of stuff. I am a terrible housekeeper, a haphazard gardener, and a disorganized and distracted business person.

Whom do I want to read my blog? Anybody who wants to.    I love visitors and followers, and I have made a lot of friends here at WordPress.    Just this week, the beginning of September 2020, I committed to return to my blog, SOMETIMES, which I started in 2011.   I discovered that my email notification for WordPress had been shut off, and I am thrilled to say that once I flicked that switch ya’all just came rushing back as if the gates had been trampled…I love it!

So that’s who I am.

7 thoughts on “Who am I — and What am I doing here?

  1. I love it! Your age! The things I wish I could ask my
    Grandparents or parents if they were still alive. You already have given me hope and inspiration. Looking forward to your blogging posts!


  2. What an interesting, fascinating account of who you are. What a great opportunity to get some of those experiences down for posterity. Love the ABD reference…but at age 70! Wow! You have lived a full life, and now to be sharing it with all of us! I will be gladly following.


  3. Again, we have some things in common! You have me beat by a score, give or take, we have 8 cats, all rescue cats or derivatives, I am also ABD (International Relations), and I love to read, love history, and I write because I must! Happy to meet you and looking forward to reading more!


  4. Age is relative, and not indicative of anyone’s experience and drive. I was not the oldest person in classes, there are many in upper years. If they refrain from being smart-assy they have a lot to contribute to classes of all age levels. I know people who are ten years old who are more understanding of the world than their elders, and middle-aged and 30-somethings that have no desire to learn anything new. All of us humans are capable of just about anything…with obvious health and other restrictions, of course. I have six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren…but I’m nobody’s “sweet little old granny.” (well, old maybe, but not of the rest 🙂


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