I spent 22 years working at Learning Without Tears, a family-owned company in Maryland that specializes in handwriting, early learning, and keyboarding. It seems a bit kismet considering I had horrible penmanship as a child despite always loving to write, eventually earning my MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. I love learning about graphic design, web administration, email marketing, event management, and social media both on the job and in my 13 years volunteering with the Charlottesville Track Club.
born in Findlay, OH, raised in Reading, PA, worked in DC for 12 years, living in Pantops/Charlottesville, VA since 2005.
favorite inspirational quote:
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might oft win by fearing to attempt.
From “Measure for Measure” by Shakespeare
I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, I prefer James Joyce, but my husband is an 18th century scholar who shared his colleague’s favorite Shakespeare quote with me back in 2012. It’s been a running mantra and trivia team name ever since!
James Joyce. I got married on Bloomsday, June 16, the day depicted in his novel Ulysses. I named my son, Laoghaire Ignatius, after the Irish town Dún Laoghaire where you’ll find the James Joyce Tower & Museum and a character from the short story “A Little Cloud” in Dubliners. My daughter’s name, Annalivia Plurabelle, comes from a character in Finnegans Wake, who’s a personification of the River Liffey, which flows through Dublin.
on the weekend, you’ll find me:
Running, walking, playing Pokémon GO, frequently texting my identical twin sister, and, on special occasions, cheering at a race in an inflatable costume.