The First Post
To blog or not? Who would read it? Asked my sister, who I already talk to, text, and email almost three times a day if I wrote a blog 3 times a week, would she read it? Of course! Didn’t even ask what I’d be writing about. One friend “as long as I can get it as an email.” Another good friend didn’t waste any time saying ‘No.” Too much to do. And another, “No, I don’t read blogs.” I appreciate their honesty.
So what will I be writing about?
Teaching, because I’m a teacher. Writing, because most writers have to rant about the process at one point or another. Food, because, I like to eat, cook and have plenty of opinions about restaurants. Movies and theater and museums. My family.
Biking, because that’s my primary passion. And yoga. And knitting. And shopping. Pet peeves. Culture and travel. So the usual gamut of topics that may or may not interest readers. I’ve been told I have a strong, humorous voice, so hopefully that will appear here. Once I become more adept (believe me there’s a huge learning curve), I hope to post photos. So be patient, give me a chance, comment often.
My background- I grew up on a poultry farm in Connecticut. My parents live in the house I grew up in- so you’ll be hearing about them too. I worked as a newspaper reporter after college, then as a copy editor in New York at Dow Jones, the former parent company of the Wall Street Journal. There I met Matthew my husband. We got married in 1982 and moved to London where he was part of the team starting the European edition of the Journal. After two boys born there- and working as a freelancer because I was asked by potential employers—why should we hire you, you’re an expatriate; or asked you’re already 27, won’t you be having a baby soon?
We returned to the US in 1987, moving to Maplewood, NJ, which at the time was a decent commute to the Journal’s downtown NY offices. I decided to become a teacher- having never taught—and entered the alternate route training program. I taught for 2 years at a small non-traditional school in Newark, NJ- then called Project Link- a junior high founded by the Dominican Sisters (my first exposure to nuns)- in response to the civil unrest in Newark in the 1960’s. I had my 3rd child, a daughter, earned a Masters in Education, and then returned to teaching at a suburban-urban public school. By 2007 I was ready for a change and became a consultant in Newark schools. A 5- year federally funded position now ended, it was time to become serious about writing. Or not. We’ll see.