seldom make history.”
~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
aboutchris. . .
I couldn't decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I was a child, I wanted to be an artist, a nun, or a teacher. For a long time, though, I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse. Unfortunately— fortunately, as it were—I had to take biology in high school, and the frog dissection did me in. I decided teaching didn't sound so bad after all.
After graduating from Walsh University, I taught Spanish, English, drama, and journalism before eventually realizing what I really wanted to do was write. An editor at CNN told me I was a good writer but that he couldn't hire me because I had no experience. I decided to get some. After we moved to Las Vegas, I wrote, edited, and did public relations for clients that included Nevada Power, US Home and the Clark County (NV) School District. My husband got a job in Nashville, so I folded up the PR business and opened Paper Moon, an award-winning store that specialized in paper arts.
The writing bug never left me, though, so after closing the Moon, I decided I needed another degree and earned an MFA in creative writing from Murray State University (KY). When Mike retired, we headed back to Las Vegas, and I founded The Las Vegas Memoir Project. Today, I'm a travel writer, magazine editor, blogger, teacher, photographer, and guide of all things Italy.
Speaking of Italy, that beautiful country is the land of my blood. My grandparents were born there, and I was eligible for dual citizenship. It took over eight years, but I became an Italian citizen in 2018.
I sometimes take people with me when I travel there. They often become part of my stories, and I write about the adventures on Cold Pasta and Red Wine (coldpastaandredwine.com). You can check out my blog, travel tips, and more by clicking here.
By the way, I'm still working on making history.