So...a little about the Blogger. I'm a small town gal, born and reared in Youngstown, Ohio. Catholic grade school then public high school followed by graduation from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and (many moons later) a Master of Arts Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing. I worked in Television Programming for about a decade just out of college, followed by a split stint in hospital Public Relations/Fundraising at two different medical facilities.
I've been a freelance writer for about 847 years and have done every type of print and electronic writing from features to local beats to humor columns -- and all sorts of business writing from crisis communications to memos, press releases, proposals, communication and marketing plans to annual reports to quarterly, monthly and weekly newsletters and well, pretty much everything in between.
I'm a recovering runner having completed one full marathon (the inaugural Akron Roadrunner Marathon) and dozens of half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks and I think there was a 10-miler or two in there somewhere. Currently, I jog a few miles a day and sometimes it's even on the elliptical. Old knees. Hmpf. And, oh yes, despite being a lifelong Buckeye (and humongous Cleveland Cavaliers basketball & Ohio State football fan!), I abhor all things about the cold and winter; I feel it only fair to disclose this up front. Key West, Florida is my happy place, Capisce?
Today, I'm a weekly newspaper columnist and the Director of Marketing and Communications for a pharmacy benefits management company ... but the most important title I have or ever will hold? Swim Mom. My son is the absolute center of my world, along with his Dad, my hubby. We are a proudly Catholic and clearly conservative family devoted entirely to each other, our extended kin, our circle of friends and our community. We say God Bless America and we mean it.
In a nutshell, I'm just a hopeless optimist with an attitude of gratitude who loves to make people smile. I adore my faith, family and friends more than anything. Except coffee. I'm all about the coffee.