About Me

I'm a writer & fine art photographer who loves God, family, and a really good cup of coffee. (Here's my latest children's book.) I grew up in a small town with five siblings and parents who would pack up the car and take us on road trips every summer. They must have been either crazy or adventurous; maybe a combination of both.

When I was 21, I married a good-looking pastor's son, and for the next 21 years, his military career took us to several regions of the U.S., plus six years overseas.  Together we raised two children & assorted cats 'n dogs, and toured much of Germany, France, and Italy. We didn't have a lot of money, but we did have a very good map. We'd pack a picnic, grab the kids, and off we'd go. We spent our tenth anniversary in Paris!

Then, one day in Summer 2010, I suddenly found myself staring in the mirror at sixty. Yes, SIXTY.  How that happened, I will never know.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren--three precious girls who live twenty minutes away from us. (And yes, I have timed those drives to the minute!)  I also enjoy camping,  cooking, history, online research, and traveling. I love a good mystery whether in movie or book form. You'll hardly ever find me without my Kindle tucked into my purse.

I like plenty more, but I tend to ramble on. See my "Things I Like" tab if you must know. I am beginning to embarrass myself here.

This is my home office, which used to be our son's bedroom many eons ago. It's where I work on writing projects and photo-editing work.  The little red upholstered chair belonged to my grandpa, who passed away when I was 19.


  1. I just love everything about your site! I have a three-column format, but am really liking your two-columns. Also, love the clock widget and "Count your blessings"! I have heard of Etsy, but my husband was just reading about ArtFire...what a coincidence. I'll check out your stores. Glad you decided to blog! Esmee

  2. I'm loving your blog and what a wonderful surprise to learn that, in addition to your photography talent, you're a frequently published writer! I'm so not surprised! I'm looking forward to having time to read the back issues...

  3. Thanks for stopping by and leaving nice comments. I love the way you've introduced yourself. How lucky that you only live 20 minutes away from your grandkids! That's fabulous! We live about 12 hours away from my parents. I'd love for my kids to live near them. Maybe some day. Sounds like you've led a very interesting life! Since you're such a great photographer, what camera would you recommend for a total novice who knows nothing about photography/cameras? I want to buy a new one but haven't a clue. Also, how can I learn more? Any tips you can send my way are welcome! beatricebanks.blogspot.com
    B. aka Tammy

  4. Hey...it's Esmee again! This is a small world. My husband and I have really good friends from Monticello...Brooks and Lesa Handly. Lesa was a Jaynes before she married Brooks. Also, my first husband and I had friends from Monticello-Lloyd and Peggy Crosley. Does your family know any of these people? If they do, the world really got smaller!

  5. Tammy, sorry...I didn't see your comment here in this section! Yep...it's so nice living close to our grandchildren. I never had a grandma so I'm soaking it up and making memories with them.

    You asked about cameras. I firmly believe that if you have an eye for photography, you could use just about any camera and it would work fine. I started out with a small Kodak digital and now have a Canon DSLR. I bought it as a gift to myself after my parents passed away, and we had to sell their home. When I use it, I think of them. I have also used Nikon Coolpix cameras, and many of them are very affordable now.

    As for tips...read all you can about photography. Tell you what, if you send me your email, I will email you a list of some of my favorite photography sites. I've never taken a formal class in photography but I do read voraciously and I have found many websites that are helpful.

    Take care!

  6. Bonnie,
    thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. I, too, feel like we're very much alike (from the things we like to photography to children's books)
    I love your studio, and how peaceful yet inspiring it looks.
    Once again, I'm so happy we've (virtually) met :)

  7. I saw your name here that you won something on 7/08! Congrats. If you ever see my name, maybe you could let me know, too!

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