About Me

I have always written well and desperately wanted to be a writer, but I have yet to actually be one.  I was born in 1952.  I am an educator with a work life that I have heretofore allowed to prevent me from engaging in something I really love to do.  I truly love what I do, working with teachers and students, but I also love to write.  I want this to be a place where I commit to expressing myself with words, sharing that work with others, and connecting to the thinking and creativity of people all over the world.

I am writing a book, which I cannot publish here, of course.  I write every day – often ramblings that are not much worth publishing, but I will put some things out here, just to share.  I am more than a writer; I am an artist – watercolor, pastel, fabric.  I have a guitar.  I don’t play much.  I used to and it is another thing that I want to do more of.  I love music, even though it is not a talent that I have.  But what I really needed to do, when I began this blog in January 2010, was to find peace in my world and in my soul.

When we moved to Colorado, in June of 2007, it seemed like an adventure, but I was so disappointed.  I left all that I knew and treasured, in California.  I had never known a loss like this and I learned what it is to truly miss something I never knew I had.  I lived in homesick for a long long time.  My husband and I held on to a home in Grass Valley, but the economy, jobs, everything conspired to prevent us from returning.  In 2010 I reflected upon the reality that I had wasted nearly three years being too homesick for California to appreciate life in Colorado.  I live in one of the most amazing places on earth and was not opening my eyes or my heart to see it and love it.

It was time to stop living in a place of regret.  I nearly died, in a manner of speaking.  I realized that it was time to be alive in Colorado.   To know a place, any place, is to fall in love with it.  I was ready.  This blog is named to remind me of that purpose.

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9 responses to “About Me

  1. Vicki

    Have you posted this site before and I just missed it? According to the one “Writer’s Conference” I go to every year, the difference between a writer and a person that “wants to be a writer” is that writers sit down and “Write”! You are well on your way and if you ever feel like joining me at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference around the third week in October, just let me know!

    Vicki

    • Vicki,

      This is my first time blogging. I have come to a decision. My career in education is five years or less from ending. I want to write. I LOVE to write. I live to write, but I don’t do it enough. I came across this quotation about needing to “just do it” as far as writing goes. So… I am going to do it. I started a novel last month and will blog to beat the band. I will combine my need to develop a love and appreciation for this great place where I live with my need to limber up my word smithing. I am glad that you appreciated my prose. I do believe that I am a terrific writer. I have simply been “busy” working for about 25 years. It’s time to engage my mind in the real work that calls to me.

      Keep reading! I will love to receive comments. My book is going to Kate, Renate, Keira, and Annie as beta readers. If you want to be on the list I will add you. It is with patience that you must read my work, knowing that I send the first draft of each chapter, when I finish churning it out. And what I want back are comments that will spur me to greater insight so that follow up drafts will reflect improvement.

      I’d love to go to Surrey but I think it tends to take place just after my school year has begun. A principal cannot just take time whenever. I am only off when the students are not there.

  2. DianeL

    Sending wishes for much inspiration as you write and great joy as you explore your talents during this creative time in life. (hugs)

  3. Becki Kitzman

    Lyn,
    It was nice to meet you and Paul. I’m sorry folks at the breakfast table couldn’t direct the conversation away from hunting and dead animals. There is SO much more to life!
    Becki

  4. Quite alright! I find magic in all situations – sometimes by leaving. Your place is charming and we wish you all the very best in innkeeping. I have some pictures and will try to get the blog up soon, describing our interesting journey on the Royal Gorge New Year’s Eve train ride, and the Florence Rose. If I mention your B&B name in my blog it will come up when people Google Florence Rose! How cool is that. Thanks for being warm and casual hosts. We are glad we came to stay with you. Sincerely, Lyn

  5. Tori

    I’m pretty sure you have changed my life. You have written words that were stuck inside of me – and I didn’t even know it. Your honest vulnerability and determination are encouraging to this SoCal gal who has been “dead” for two years since relocating to Colorado.

    Now the adventure of re-creation … It won’t be the first time for me.

    • Oh, Tori!!!!
      I am so sorry that I did not reply to your comment. There were some consuming changes in my life. I lost access to the Internet for a time and my PC. I was unable to get back into my blog. Hence, no blogging in several years. At some point it all came back together, but I was out of the habit – disconnected from my initial project. I am back on that same PC (that has been in storage) and stumbled on the document with my password information. I decided to return to the site to see if it still exists. And here is your sentiment. If you are still out there, learning to love Colorado and a new journey, please write to me. I am in Steamboat Springs now. I would love to chat.
      Warmly, Lyn

  6. Ron

    Hi! How are you, my name is Ron, I came across your excellent blog and had a question. My brother Gil lives in Boulder, he and his wife moved there more than 20 years ago. I’m still in LA (where Gil and I are from), but every time I’ve visited Colorado I’m struck by its beauty! At any rate, Gil is a financial adviser, and I’m helping him put together a very simple website. I was searching around for a picture that represents Colorado and I came across your wonderful photo (the one you posted in your July 21, 2011 blog describing three days on horseback!). You described it perfectly–sky and mountain scenes that take one’s breath away. Congrats on taking that picture, it’s beautiful. Gil loves it as well and I was wondering if I can use it on his website? At your convenience, please let me know, thanks very much, have a nice day! Ron

    • Ron,

      I am so sorry that I did not reply to your request. There were some consuming changes in my life. I lost access to the Internet for a time and my PC. I was unable to get back into my blog. Hence, no blogging in several years. At some point it all came back together, but I was out of the habit – disconnected from my initial project. I am back on that same PC (that has been in storage) and stumbled on the document with my password information. I decided to return to the site to see if it still exists. And here is your request. I surely hope that you used the picture if you were able to copy it. If you need it sent to you I can do that. Likely, you have forgotten you even requested it. But rest assured, I would not have ignored you on purpose. My most sincere apology. Hopefully you are now living in Colorado as well! I moved to Steamboat Springs – paradise if ever there was a place that could be called that. I vow to pick up where I left off. More appreciation of this lovely land to come.
      Warmly, Lyn

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