Thank you for visiting my blog.
I am an avid amateur photographer located in the Rust Belt city of Lima, Ohio. Like most people approaching middle age, I have many roles in life, including wife (of a professed hillbilly who is 15 years my senior), mother (of one superb teen daughter who happens to have autism), daughter (of working-class parents), believer (in Jesus Christ) and worker (in a massive warehouse).
I was an English major at Duke University and Ohio Northern University, yet I attained a degree at neither institution. My adulthood began with a 17-year-long struggle with major depression. My depression was treatment resistant for many years, and I suddenly emerged from the fog about 11 years ago. I’m am uncertain of the cause of this good fortune. At times I still have brief episodes of depression, but I find they are limited chiefly because I’ve gathered lots more support over my 11 years of mental health.
In late 2018, I also experienced a renewal of my Christian faith. I’m seeing the past and present in very different ways than I did before. I’ve been contending with chronic pain for the past three years, and I now face life with hope and gratitude because of my faith. Actually, I’m having minimal pain on my most days, despite having diagnoses that include fibromyalgia, migraine and spinal stenosis.