I’m so glad you stopped by! I think of this blog as a new-fangled way to make and visit with new friends. My name is Melanie and I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor and former educator. After decades of working with kids and their teachers – as a teacher, school principal, university professor, and teacher educator, I am now spending more time with my family, more time on my writing, and traveling around the world for fun and some business. Definitely, this is my dream for the Third Act.
I love being with my family, writing, cooking, sewing, crafting, playing my cello and travel. I LOVE travel.
My vision for this blog is multi-faceted (as most of us are). On these pages, I want to share my passion for writing LifeStory. Whatever season of life you find yourself, writing your story is an important endeavor. Maybe you are a young mom, wanting to document the priceless moments in your busy life. (You think you will remember, but believe me…you won’t!). Or, perhaps you are a new empty-nester, seeking to understand your new role. Or maybe, like me, you are a grandmother, thinking about leaving a legacy for your grands. (Not that we plan on going anywhere anytime soon). I have found that writing about “it,” whatever “it” is, puts everything into perspective. Whether you want to write for publication, to share with family and friends, or just for your own deeper understanding of the events of your life, writing memoir or LifeStory is a powerful tool. We will explore that together.
With a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, the development of families and young children is one of the passions of my life. On these pages, I hope to share 40+ years of experience in working with kids and their families, perhaps giving some insight as someone who has been there. I found that my involvement with older women throughout my life has given me such insight and understanding of what was happening in my own life. These older women had been there-done that, and it helped me to be able to watch them and talk about what I was going through, benefiting from their experience. I still find those interactions so valuable as I move through new seasons with my own family.
Speaking of which…my sisters and I are walking through a devastating Alzheimer’s diagnosis with my mother. Our dad died of Alzheimer’s ten years ago, so, unfortunately, we have a dozen years of experience with this monster of a diagnosis. I write about that here as well. I have found much solace in reading about what others have experienced, and hope that my words can help even a few people.
My husband is an international energy guy – training engineers around the world to understand energy-savings “stuff.” So, I get to travel with him a great deal. He still works full-time, and he is very understanding of my wander lust – so, when he can’t come with me, I frequently take off on adventures by myself. As a former wienie and ultra-timid person, this is one of the joys of my mature years! I have become brave, fearless, adventurous…friendly! I’ll share those adventures here as well.
Of course, grandmother-hood is the most amazing and wonderful thing that has happened to me. I loved being a mother and didn’t think that anything could top that. Grandmother-ing comes pretty close! Loving these little ones so profoundly, without the overwhelming responsibility of parenting them (discipline, educating, having them clean their rooms, etc) is delightful. All the fun and none of the hard stuff. I wake up with them on my mind and they are the last thing I think about at night. Precious. Precious. Precious.
We have recently moved from our dream-life on the beach to an even dreamier one 5 doors down from the babies. We can hear the 4 little tykes when they leave their front door and head down the sidewalk to our back yard for fun-filled afternoons in the sand box or in the garden. It doesn’t get any better.
Anyhow (as I tend to do), I’ve been more long-winded than I intended. I just want to say again how happy I am to have you here with me. I’ll look forward to visiting with you often.