About Me

Profile picI am a Pacific Northwest native, transplanted to the Southeast as America celebrated her bicentennial. After 36 years in Virginia, Mississippi, and North Carolina, I returned to my Washington roots in the summer of 2012. I returned because it was time. I returned to live, walk, and learn for a time with my now 100-year-old mother.

I have a son left behind in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, across the Great Smoky Mountains from where my mother was born and raised. He and my daughter-in-law are the parents of my two beautiful grandsons. I miss them. My daughter and my other daughter-in-law live in Seattle. I am thrilled to be close to them and grandsons #3 and #4. I live with my mother and my 16-year-old diabetic cat, Smudge.

I welcome you to join me here as I explore my old home and my new life through words and pictures.

I am a writer!

You know that question: “What would you do if nothing were standing in your way?” Nothing like fear and not knowing how and lack of confidence and the need to make a living. For as long as I can remember-well, maybe not that long, but pretty long-my answer has been, “I would be a writer.” I envisioned myself in a tower room with a 360 degree view of mountains and water and sky, losing myself in the characters of a novel. Writing and writing and writing.

Well, I don’t have the confidence or skill to write a novel, or even the desire. I do have to make a living. I don’t have the tower room. But I am no longer afraid to write. I write to discover who I am and what I am thinking and feeling. I AM a writer, because I write. I share it with you because saying it out loud to the world makes me a better writer. I share it in the hopes that it will spark something in you: perhaps an acknowledgement of your own creativity, perhaps a recognition of something you have not been able to voice, perhaps inspiration to view your world with new intentionality.

I AM A WRITER! Sing out loud, sing out strong.

I welcome your feedback and comment on any of the content, especially what embers are burning in your soul. Especially your stories.

Tomando canta (drink care),



2 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. THANK you Gretchen. ‘I am a Writer because I write’.- the most delicious sentence I’ve read today. I am thrilled to have come across your blog today via Karen Miller’s post. x

  2. You are indeed a writer, Gretchen. Love reading your words, and this is a wonderful website. We miss you here …

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