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Gender Female
Occupation Wordsmith
Location Bismarck, ND, United States
Introduction I'm a lady of a certain age, living with two dogs, Gracie, a German Shorthair Pointer, and my new baby, Holly, a Short-Haired Border Collie, in a 1929 stucco bungalow. I lost my husband of 38 1/2 years in 2013. I have a beautiful 33-year-old daughter who lives too far away! A former newspaper reporter, I still consider myself a writer, although I'm not employed as one. On the outside I may seem very ordinary but on the inside I think of myself as fey and whimsical, with mor than a touch of magic and mysticism. I think I see the world with rose-colored glasses. Don't worry - I know what's out there. Why do you think I put on those glasses?
Interests Reading ("So many books, so little time"); poking around antique malls and thrift shops and going to flea markets; Decorating my house (I used to be a big collector. Now I'm trying to pare things down, but I still love blue and white china); On-line journaling/ creating visual journals; Playing with paints/ markers/papers/rubber stamps and the like; Pre-Raphaelite painters; Arthurian Legend; anything to do with the Celts
Favorite Movies "Chariots of Fire"; "Tristan and Isolde"; "Pride and Prejudice" with Keira Knightley; "Out of Africa"; "On Golden Pond"; "Fried Green Tomatoes"; "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"; "King Arthur" with Clive Owen; "Out of Africa"; A & E's "Lorna Doone" (Almost any A & E miniseries);"Amelie"; "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; The Hallmark Channel's "The Magic of Ordinary Days"; "Under the Tuscan Sun"; The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy; "Romeo and Juliet" with Olivia Hussey; "The Graduate"; "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid"; "The Mists of Avalon" miniseries; "Enchanted April"; "Waking Ned Devine"; "The Secret of Roan Inish"; "Billy Elliott"; "The Full Monty"; "Shirley Valentine"; "Dear Frankie"; "The Spitfire Grill"; "Mamma Mia"; "A River Runs Through It".
Favorite Music Anything by Loreena McKennitt, especially "The Mask and The Mirror"; "Grace" by Jeff Buckley; "Eagles Greatest Hits"; "Rumors", Fleetwood Mac"(especially "Rhiannon"); anything by the Moody Blues; "Layla (Unplugged)", Eric Clapton; Clannad; "Wheel in the Sky" by Journey; "Ridin' the Storm Out" by REO Speedwagon"; "Green Eyed-Lady" by Sugarloaf; "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams; "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas; Sara McLaughlin ("Building a Mystery")
Favorite Books Other than my all-time favorite book (listed first below), how can I name all of my favorite books? This is just a sampling: "To Kill A Mockingbird", by Harper Lee; "The Shell Seekers", by Rosamunde Pilcher; "Rebecca", by Daphne Du Maurier; "East of Eden", "The Winter of Our Discontent" and "Cannery Row", by John Steinbeck; "The Return of the Native" and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", by Thomas Hardy; "Outlander", by Diana Gabaldon; "Jane Eyre", by Charlotte Bronte; "Wuthering Heights", by Emily Bronte; "Five Quarters of the Orange", by Joanne Harris (or anything else by her); "The Prince of Tides", by Pat Conroy; "I Capture the Castle", by Dodie Smith; "Stones From the River", by Ursula Hegi; "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Bella Tuscany" by Frances Mayes; "The Mermaid's Chair" and "The Secret Life of Bees", by Sue Monk Kidd; "Tender is the Night" and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Marlena De Blasi's books on living in Venice and Tuscany; "Peace Like A River", by Leif Enger; "Bel Canto", by Ann Patchett; "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", by Rebecca Wells; "The Birth of Venus", by Sarah Dunant; All of the Harry Potter books; "The Time Traveler's Wife", by Audrey Niffenegger; "The Bean Trees" and "Animal Dreams", by Barbara Kingsolver; "The Thirteenth Tale", by Diane Setterfield; "Girl With A Pearl Earring" (and others), by Tracy Chevalier; "The Witching Hour", by Anne Rice; "The Mists of Avalon" by Marian Zimmer Bradley; "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon; the latest books by Amy Tan ("The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Saving Fish From Drowning"); "Dandelion Wine", by Ray Bradbury; "The Secret Garden", "Lark Rise to Candleford" and "Cider With Rosie". Almost any book by Anne Tyler/Alice Hoffman/Anna Quindlen/Jane Hamilton/Jacqueline Mitchard/Anita Shreve/Jodi Picoult/Anne Rivers Siddons. My newest guilty pleasure is re-discovering the historical novel, including anything by Posie Graeme-Evans and Susan Carroll.

What spells can you cast with magic markers?

The best magic of all: The magic of art. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."