The Versatile Blogger




I was very honored over the weekend to learn that the talented and lovely Kathryn Gauci had nominated me as a Versatile Blogger. Kathryn’s historical novel, The Embroider, is next on my to be read list. It features a period and location that have piqued my interest for some time now. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century Greece’s struggle for independence from the Ottoman Turks, the story features Sophia, a girl who has an incredible secret. Learn more about Kathryn and her novel here:

In keeping with the Versatile Blogger rules, I have done the following:

1. Display The Versatile Blogger logo. Check.

2. Write a post and link it back to the blogger who nominated me. Thank you, Kathryn!! Check.

3. Post seven interesting(?) things about myself. Check. See below.

4. Nominate up to fifteen other bloggers with a comment on why they’ve been nominated. Check.

5. Inform them of their nomination. Check.


Seven Things about Me

I leave the judgement regarding their level of interest to you, dear reader.

I am most fortunate to have done some traveling in my life. My three most memorable trips were to places that were not on my bucket list. I loved Norway because it is the most naturally beautiful place I’ve ever been. For history nerds like me, it was pure heaven to visit the Viking Haus Museum with its real Viking ships on display and the Folks Museum, where whole farms and streets of buildings from all eras of Norwegian history are on display. Loved Oslo and Geirangerfijord!

On my husband’s bucket list, but definitely never on mine, was an African safari. We went to Namibia, you know, the place where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their first child, but that’s an entirely different story. Despite following closely on the heels of that couple’s questionable choice, I found people and a country with which I fell in love. I saw the world’s tallest sand dunes that stopped only when they met the Atlantic. I ate an unforgettable meal at a Windhoek restaurant, Joe’s Beer Haus, which looks like a giant primitive bush enclosure complete with thatched roof and fire pit in the center. Most interestingly, I saw the White Woman cave paintings. If you’ve seen the movie The English Patient, you will remember the opening scene where the group comes upon cave paintings and were overawed by what they saw. My experience was the same.

Finally, a trip to see our son on active duty with the Navy took us to Rota, Spain. We stayed for two weeks at Christmas. The people were lovely and the countryside beautiful. I loved the Pueblos Blanco in the mountains, Gibraltar, the reconstructed Spanish Riding School’s demonstrations, and the food. Most fun was our visit to Jerthe de la Frontera, the town that Tio Pepe built!

Wow, that was quite a travelogue! I’ll make the rest of this a list.

I sing first soprano with the Texas Master Chorale and my church choir. TMC is going to Europe to sing this summer.

In my other life, I am a secondary public school administrator and professional reading specialist.

I was born in Georgia, graduated high school in Florida, and have enough hours from colleges and universities in Georgia and Texas to have a Ed.D. I do hold a M.Ed. and several graduate certifications.

Last, but not least, when asked to name one thing about myself that surprises people, I usually say that at one point in my life, I had close, personal relationships with real gangsters. Sadly, they were some of my students who had fallen prey to the lure of street gangs, primarily Latin Kings and Crips.

Now for those whom I choose to nominate as Versatile Bloggers:

1 & 2. My History Imagined blog partners and really terrific writers of historical fiction:

Becky Lower,
Caroline Warfield,

3.  Madame Guilfurt,

Wonderful information about the 18th and early 19th centuries.


Excellent information on women in history.

5. Sarah Johnson,

Reference librarian, readers’ advisor, avid historical fiction reader, NBCC member. Book review editor for the Historical Novels Review, Booklist reviewer, and NoveList contributor. Winner of ALA’s Louis Shores Award for book reviewing (2012). Blogging since 2006.


Let the fun begin!