Legacy Blog: Hope and Resilience
My Journey Back to Writing
I grew up in a military family in my early life and seldom lived anywhere for long. I enrolled in as many writing courses as I could in high school as we traipsed across the country and, later, in college as a Liberal Arts major.
In all the iterations of my work life, in careers such as a corporate paralegal in a large Providence legal practice and, later, as a Vice President in the seventh largest financial institution in the nation at the time, I wrote training manuals, guides, legal briefs, credit policy and specific writing applications for information technology. Much of what I wrote became the basis for training and development at the height of the merger and acquisition activity during my time with the bank.
I retired and joined Hamilton House, a lifelong learning community, located in Providence, RI. Hamilton House and School One, the latter a private high school on the East Side of Providence, frequently opened up opportunities for me to participate in intergenerational workshops. It was during a “Book Arts” project with School One students that I began to recognize my creative writing side again.
I felt I had something to say.
I wrote a nonfiction short story as a part of the class. The story was published in The Providence Journal on August 25, 2019, on the anniversary of Hurricane Carol which was a major hurricane that took countless lives and created devastation throughout Rhode Island. I was lucky and barely survived as a four-year-old marooned with my mother and sister on the second floor of a house that became completely inundated.
Ever since my association with School One, I’ve been compelled to write short stories, among other things. I have now written a number of short stories together with a memoir in honor of my husband, Tom, in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. Our anniversary was on April 18, 2020.
The big celebration we had planned was cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
My objective in creating this blog, is one of hope and resiliency. It is also my legacy through words. I hope it will resonate with you.