Here's the capsule version:

The Basics

  • Born and raised in Texas

  • "Papa was a Preacher"

  • Married at 17

  • Three kids, all grown


  • Discovered a great love of learning when I started college at about 30

  • Finished college and earned a teaching certificate when I was in my 50s

  • Began a 20-course of study seminary-type program for ministry in my 60s

Multiple Careers

  • Homemaker/mother

  • Newspaper stringer and columnist

  • Newspaper reporter and lifestyle editor

  • Newspaper editor

  • High-school journalism teacher

  • Proofreader and fact checker

  • Writer and editor

  • Pastor