I'm have a whole bunch of "formers". I'm former: teacher of the deaf, sign language interpreter, and professional writing tutor for the TRIO Student Support Services Program at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis.
My husband and I and our little Shih Tzu, Henry, live in a fifth-wheel RV parked in an RV park in southern California. All of our worldly possessions are in our RV and a little 8 x 10 storage locker, so we're pretty unencumbered. (More time to write!) We're here in California to be near our adult children, and this is the most economical way we could think of doing it!
I belong to OC Writers and one of its smaller groups, the Lake Forest Writers' Roundtable. Essay and short story writing is my favorite genre, and I have just published my first novel, "Falling Idols," at the end of 2021. I find it quite a challenge to write the content-rich articles required on HubPages, but I like having a place to publish on the web other than my website.
I'm much less of a reader than a writer, although I hear you must be both to be the latter. However, I tend to take in most of my information by listening to my heroes, journalists Amy Goodman and Ian Masters. Of course, I've always admired Bill Moyers and am fascinated by Noam Chomsky's writings.
Social justice is an issue that drives my intellectual passion. I wish I could be more active and involved in trying to affect change in my own small world. Time and selfishness hold me back.
At 78 years old, without any grandchildren, I'm finding that my work is a bit of a substitute, and I find myself telling people, probably ad nausea about the projects and products I've created. (It's what I've got, dear hub friends, so here they are. Try to imagine that they're all wearing cute little outfits - maybe Cinderella dresses, Spiderman pj's, and Paw Patrol t-shirts.)
- Card Games
American Authors (now out of print)
Presidential Solitaire (the order of the Presidents is the order of the game. The online version from Kennedy to Obama is at LanguageRocks.com and will soon be updated with the last two Presidents.
- Software content for the basic learning matching games my husband creates. The games are online at www.languagerocks.com for all ages and include Memory Matching Games and Fill-in-the-Blank exercises. The games for older students and adults are simply meant to reinforce cultural literacy and English Language skills, while the matching games for children use holidays and kid-oriented topics to help build reading skills, especially for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy, Polly, and the Measuring Stick
"Falling Idols" - a work of fiction based on a young women's coming of age during the little-known "silent revolution" for deaf rights that took place alongside the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements in the dynamic '60s.
Always Was and Still Am..:
In my personal life, I'm a bit of a flake and proud of it. (I think I drive my husband, my family, and my friends a bit insane.) I'm left-handed and, like many other left-handers, feel happy that being left-handed has taught me, metaphorically and literally, that the world doesn't work the same for everyone.
Like everyone reading this little blurb, I have experienced some of life's most rejecting moments. The very best I can do is focus on the gifts of the present and my most wonderful daughter actor/singer, comedienne, Bethany Therese, whose courage, talent, and beauty in life and on stage brings me intense joy. Having a glass of wine with Bethany in her Burbank backyard with her fiance Brian and my dear husband Mike and Mike's boys is the happiest of times for me.
I adore our dog, Henry. He was two when we adopted him right before CoVid struck in full force in March 2020. He brings so much fun into our lives. And, as serendipitous as it gets, he's left-pawed just like the book I wrote years before he was a twinkle of light in the universe.
I appreciate and love with all my heart the man who rescued me, my ever-supportive, pool-shark, software engineer husband, Mike Olmon. He is devoted beyond measure and has brought energy, fun, and love back into my life.
I'll leave you with my two favorite quotes - the second one serious, the first not:
"Maybe the sole purpose of my existence is to serve as a warning to others." despair.com
"He who has a 'why' to his existence can bear with almost any 'how'" Nietzsche.
The End (Oh, golly, I hope it's not because I simply LOVE being on the face of this planet with all of you.)
Stop by my website at www.billiekelpin.com if you have time. And if you love pool, take a peek at my husband's West Coast pool hall tour to find ratings of some great places to practice your amazing skills: www.bloggingonwheels.com