As a teenage girl, I spent many, many hours in my bedroom, listening to Moonlight Sonata and writing poetry. The desire to write was never lost but life's demands have made it an off-and-on venture. Thankfully, time has paired with inspiration, and writing is happening every day.
I am a boy mom. A mom of four boys. And, boy, did we have fun! Then, one by one, our boys married beautiful and talented women. Then, one by one, thirteen children were added to our Schuermann Clan. Six boys and seven girls.To say it is the best is a vast understatement. They are the lights of my life.
This Spring, my husband and I embarked on at magical two week trip to Paris. One of our favorite adventures was to visit the D-Day beach area in Normandy. The other was a day trip to lovely Giverny and Claude Monet's home and gardens. I could have sat all day on a bench, marveling at the beauty--and writing.
From the time I was a young teen, I wanted to be an educator. The first chapter of my career was spent in the classroom as a Special Educator and Reading Specialist. During the last 16 years, I traveled the country as a Literacy Consultant and staff developer. Whether working with students or educators, my desire was that every student would become a proficient reader and develop a deep love for reading and learning.
In 2016, my husband and I broke ground on a 1920s style farmhouse on family land in Oklahoma. Though the structure is new, it is filled with old treasures, antique doors from a 1920s church, and antique door hardware that has been given new life (at the expense of my manicures.) Our motto is Repair, Refinish, Repurpose. The Farm is one of our happiest places to be and my favorite place to write.
Following retirement as an Education Consultant, I sought a place to volunteer and use my voice. The decision did not take long. My mother, Audrey Purkeypile Wilcox, is the subject of my first book When the Water Runs: Growing Up With Alaska. This beautiful woman who survived the wild country of northern Alaska in the early 1900s, lost her battle with Alzheimer's Disease in 2016.
I volunteer with the Oklahoma Alzheimer's Association as a Community Educator.