After a twenty-five-year career in public relations and journalism in Dallas, I returned to my roots in the piney woods of East Texas, working for a while as lifestyles editor for a small-town daily newspaper. In 1999, I established LifeSketches/ Heirloom Memoirs Publishing—a biography service dedicated to helping others preserve their personal and/or family histories in book form, including a visual record of treasured photographs and other memorabilia, or as an oral history. Later I served as co-editor of What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest, a Story Circle Network anthology published by University of Texas Press. I also edited and contributed to My Words Are Gonna Linger, a guide to writing personal histories published by the Association of Personal Historians (APH)—an international trade organization of professional writers, videographers and oral historians.
I have very much enjoyed working with my two favorite non-profit organizations over the years. From 2002-2005, I served as vice president of APH and as events manager, have planned their annual conferences since 1999. My connection with Story Circle Network began in 2001. Since then, I have served on the SCN board, helped establish the book review website, taught various workshops, and offered online classes. If you're interested in learning more about my personal historian side, check out the interviews published in the Story Circle Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3 in 2001, and Volume 11, Issue 2 in June 2007, or visit
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