I was born in Gloversville, NY, where I lived until I graduated from Gloversville High School. Gloversville used to be the leather glove capitol of the United States about 100 years ago, and glove making is still one of its chief products, although many of the old glove mills were torn down years ago. It is a typical small Northeast factory town, nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
I have two brothers, both older than me: Paul, who still lives in Gloversville, has two daughters and two grandchildren; and Dick, who lives in Seattle, is married with one stepson. I don't get to see my brothers very much, but we keep in touch and visit with each other when we can. We are very close as adults, although as kids we just wanted to kill each other!
Both my parents are deceased, but my stepfather, Paul Pritchard, lives in Corinth, NY, which is about 25 miles north of Gloversville. Paul married my mother, a widow, when I was seventeen years old, and since I never really knew my biological father very well (he passed away when I was very young), I have always thought of Paul as my own Dad. He has two daughters and a son from a previous marriage, so I have sisters as well as brothers!
I never ventured far from my home town until I met and married my husband, Don, in 1975. I was very lucky to marry a man who taught me so much about life and how to achieve far-flung goals and dreams. In all of our years of marriage, he has never ceased to amaze me with what he absorbs from life and applies to our lives. Don is a very intelligent, sensitive man who gives our married life his all. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been chosen by him to be his life-mate.
Don was active duty Air Force, and so we moved around a bit. A year after our marriage, Don got transferred to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. Our daughter, Sue Ann, was born there in 1976. We almost named her Magnolia since that is the official state flower, and she resembled a magnolia: softly pale and sweet. But we settled on naming her Sue Ann, a true Southern name. We think her name suits her perfectly; she is a beautiful, sweet young woman. Sue Ann is an artist, a poet and very creative person. She has enormous artistic potential and is still exploring the medium in which to release her creativity. Sue Ann is married now; her husband John is a wonderful young man who adores her. We feel blessed to have such a special son-in-law who loves our daughter.
We have lived all over the US since we married, but strangely enough, we moved more after Don's retirement from the Air Force in 1982, than we ever did while he was still active duty. We retired while stationed in Las Vegas, and Don accepted a remote position in Alaska, working for RCA. Sue Ann and I moved back East to wait for him; we had decided on two years at the most to make the most of a well-paying job and save for a farm that we wanted to build. We ended up moving to Newark, Ohio; Don returned from Alaska and we found ourselves back in Las Vegas for four more years, then finally in Alaska where we have lived since 1988.
Currently I am working on my first novel, which I hope to have published. I've been writing since 1998 and actually have four novel outlines begun.
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