Biography

Victoria C. Slotto

Registered nurse, kidney survivor, novelist, poet

Author of countless poems, articles, and short stories, Victoria C. Slotto enchants readers again by creating a new world to explore in the genre of women’s fiction.

Victoria C. Slotto has been writing poetry and short stories for years, but it wasn’t until her marketing position for a local hospice was eliminated that she went home and told her husband she wanted to write full-time. Having had her poems and short stories published in multiple magazines and journals, Victoria was even then no stranger to effectively gaining and entertaining an audience. She was ready to write novels.

Her writing has been described as poetic, with a style that is similar to famous authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult. Her subject matter has been attributed to her years working as a nurse and dealing with “end-of-life” issues. She has been able to create new worlds within modern settings to show readers that no matter how dark the cloud, there is always a silver lining.

With her first novel, Winter is Past,Victoria used her real life experience as a nurse and as a recipient organ donor patient to create the character of Claire. In Claire’s story,Victoria pulls at readers’ hearts and challenges the mind by exploring the character’s emotions, such as fear of loss, and showing how an inner strength is the greatest of survival skills.

Kidney Transplant

In 1996, Victoria was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. She was given a second chance at life in 2001 when a co-worker, Paula Dinkins, gifted her with a kidney. It was this experience that provided the inspiration for Winter is Past. When Paula offered to be her donor,Victoria asked herself over and over again, “What if…?” “What if something were to happen to Paula?” “What if something happened to Paula’s children and they needed one of her kidneys?” Paula calmed those fears by saying, “I believe God put me here to help you, and I can’t believe he wouldn’t have someone out there to help them.”

Nursing and Convent Years

Victoria entered a Catholic convent at the age of seventeen and spent twenty-eight years serving as a Registered Nurse in the Order. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education and a Master of Arts in Administration. Her work has been primarily in fields that dealt with death and dying: Hospice, AIDS, Long Term Care and Home Health Care. She provided direct patient care and served in administrative positions.

The last two years of her active nursing career,Victoria was a marketing representative and community educator for hospice. For a number of years she served as adjunct faculty at Orvis School of Nursing,University of Nevada,Reno. She was also employed part-time by the University’s Nutrition Department as part of a Federal Grant as the lead editor and co-author of a physician/patient education workbook about lifestyle change and weight management. She has lived in many parts of the United States and spent three years living and working in France.

Victoria is currently a full-time writer. Her second novel, The Sin of His Father, is the story of a young man who learns on his mother’s deathbed that he was conceived in an act of rape. Driven by fear of who he may become, he must then find redemption through forgiveness.

Victoria resides with her husband, David, in Reno, NV, but spends several months of the year in Palm Desert,CA. Her hobbies include painting, knitting, jewelry-making, golf, and spoiling her two dogs Sparky and Zoe.

Victoria C. Slotto, on why she writes:

“Life gives us experiences, teaches us lessons, gifts us with wisdom that is not for us to hoard selfishly. Most people accomplish this through parenting. I have no children, so I write. I give birth to books and poetry.” – Victoria Slotto, 2012

92 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Victoria, I cant find a way to email you, but had to tell you that your experience just being near the Dalai Lama’s shoes, and feeling that jolt,, impresses me. Wow. His energy is such that even his shoes retain it. I once saw him in person, in a small auditorium in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Peace Summit. Just being in the same room, breathing the same air felt like such a blessing and privilege. He was looking frail and that was several years ago. I am now reading his My Plea To the World, which is wonderful. What a rarified being he is. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and I loved hearing about the jolt from his shoes.

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  2. ashdapoet says:

    Followed your blog. Check mine out sometimes.

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  3. Thanks for your visit to my StudioThoughts and your very kind words.
    It has been a pleasure to read your blog and web site. I will visit often as you are so inspiring. Your very interesting life experiences I’m sure are a great benefit to your work as an author.

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  4. Victoria, Just hopping by to wish you and your husband a blessed Easter. I hope things are better each day for you both. K

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  5. Thank you for sharing and really hope your writing is going well. It has been a pleasure to read some of your poems ‘time well spent’ was I believe an epithet written for a famous writer. Another link apart from my writing is my daughter is a nurse and has at times struggled in facing the death of some of her patients. It is a tough job but she has built up more of those inner resources that you show and so skilfully write about.

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  6. jeffurry76 says:

    You have an impressive resume. I must commend you on such a giving career. To those that have not experienced the care of a Hospice nurse I assure you they are some of the most beautiful people God put on this earth. I have met many and I loved them all, When my Susie passed no one was there but me. The nurse walked in just a moment after, I was in shock I suppose. I knew what was going to happen but knowing did not make it any easier. The nurses were so kind to me. She came in seeing that lost look of desperation that only a Hospice nurse could know and she hugged me and as my silent tears fell she too shed tears. I was in the midst of the worst event of my life and she took the time to show me compassion and to let me know I wasn’t alone. (I’ll stop, getting misty eyed) I just wanted you to know how much I and many others out there appreciate you and everyone else who do so much to ease the suffering of the sick as well as the ones that love them. I look forward to reading your work. Thank you for being you. -JM

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  7. Hi, thank you for commenting on my blog, good to be across yours too! I went to school in a convent. We are quite close-knit even today. Look forward to being across your work! Vonita 🙂

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  8. Bams Triwoko says:

    Hi Victoria, glad to connect and interact with you.
    Greeting from Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

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  9. thatssojacob says:

    Hi Victoria and happy July 4th! Just tuned in to some random blogs and found yours. Come hang out in my fun world over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com if you’d like to return the follow. Have a great day!

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  10. Asha says:

    You are one strong woman. God always be with you!

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  11. kolembo says:

    Hello Victoria,

    forgive me for using your email AND using comments on ‘about’ on your blog – I NEVER do, except for the people I would like to feature on the ‘Ten of the Best’ Blog. Please feel free to remove this from your comments after you’ve read it!

    Firstly thank you for your continued support on my own blog, http://kolembo.wordpress.com.

    I have seen that you are support for many, many poets on the internet, not just wordpress, that you give up hours on this and are committed to being honest, yet encouraging improvement.

    You are authentic, serious about the truth, and un-compromising about the SPIRIT in which people say the things they do, and live the lives they live.
    This is true power, and there is true power in the vision that you carry.

    The reason I write to you on email, is that we would be very honoured to carry your poem CLOSET in July’s issue (our very first!) of “Ten of the Best” – short poetry.
    You can find the website here – http://tenofthebestshortpoetry.wordpress.com

    Of course we need your permission to do so, and I hope you will give it to us.
    We have no regulations as far as copyright is concerned, all rights rest with you unconditionally.

    Also, we blog the entire Ten of the Best for the month under it’s own URL and as a grouping so that your poem will not appear with it’s own URL and will form far less than automated searches for duplicated work on the internet require – info for you if you are familiar with the way the internet works.

    This is so that appearing on Ten of the Best does not interfere in anyway how you chose to use the poem – beyond it appearing on your blog as it does.

    If you accept, we would like to know if you have a particular image you would like us to consider with your piece, if we can use what you already have (we will check for copyright issues ourselves so you are not held responsible), or if you’d prefer to see what we think your piece inspires!

    Also, if you can write a VERY short bio – like 2 lines, in anyway that you want, with whatever information that you would like to give of yourself, for us to tag onto the end of the poem, we would be grateful – along with the website that you’d like readers to be directed to if you feel you would appreciate their direct traffic.

    We very much are of the opinion that your poem is clearly one of Ten of the Best we have seen this month.

    Please let us know when you can,

    Kreemer.

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    • Kenny, I would be honored to have “The Closet” featured on your blog.

      Here’s a bio:

      After many years working as a nurse in the fields of death and dying, Victoria C. Slotto chose fiction and poetry as a second career.
      Her first novel, “Winter is Past,” was recently published by Lucky Bat Books. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Reno, Nevada and Palm Desert, California. Pay her a visit at http://victoriacslotto.com/

      Edit as you see fit!

      Thanks so much.

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  12. Julianna says:

    “I give birth to books and poetry” – what a great line and a great understanding. Light and Love coming your way, as you reach out through your words to raise the vibration of all who find you!

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  13. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello there,

    You write wonderful poetry up here. Well done! Keep penning and keep inspiring. You’ll do wonders one day, I am sure! 🙂

    And please take a look at my blog; I write poetry too. Some poems that may be of interest to you: “Love is a Heart Throbbing Joyride”, “My Greetings to You”, “Your Heart is My Favorite Playground”. Thank you and have a lovely day my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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  14. HI Victoria,
    I happened to read about you now. I am glad to know you seriously. I’ve met v few people who with their faith & strong will power change circumstances & ofcourse with His blessings:)
    Looking ahead to read more from u!
    Regards,
    -Parminder

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  15. cynthia says:

    Very nice blog Victoria-
    Thank you for sharing all 🙂

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  16. Ray Sharp says:

    I am enjoying your site. Great practical tips on fiction writing, and superb poetry.

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  18. Nice to make your acquaintance a bit, I do appreciate the inspirational offerings. I made it here via reference to “cliches” I just noticed on the “related post thing” – have still to check that out on here but will after this. First I I wanted to say how interesting your blog is and thanks for sharing it with us. Also I have a friend who blogged about the Salton sea down there in the desert area you speak of for wintering it by the way, have you ever seen the place and your thoughts on it perhaps… I’ve gotten so interested in the area I may want to write a post too or not… maybe it’s too involved for me, signifant envro area there anyway, feel free to visit when you can.

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  19. I appreciate all this biographical information. I just had to know a little more about you after reading your wonderful “Keeper of Memories”.

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  20. rickcag says:

    Looks as I have been beat to the punch on providing you with this nomination of the versatile blogger award. But I am not surprised as you have such a wonderful blog.
    http://brainblitz.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/versatile-blogger-award/

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  21. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award as a way of saying thank you for inspiring…

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  22. Shiny says:

    hii,,this is my first visit to your site,,& i’m loving it.. 🙂

    i loved reading through your site..!!
    i am following it.

    by the way, i am Shiny, a new blogger and i love penning down my feelings and thoughts, if u can just comment on my posts,,so as to make the future posts better..
    http://crowdedsolitude.wordpress.com/
    ..and i just love reading any poetry & literature..

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  23. Lydia says:

    Oh, what a beautiful “About” about you!

    I just read and replied to your comments about my Chiaroscuro poem (St. Francis), and now that I have read your “About” I understand so fully why your comment meant so much to me.

    You and your life are inspiring.

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  24. I enjoyed reading about you, truly inspirational and your life experiences and look forward to reading more…Thank you for sharing and I’m glad I found your blog! 🙂

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  25. Androgoth says:

    I have enjoyed reading your ‘About’ page and what a lovely introduction spanning many areas of your life, I will call again and read some of your postings, perhaps add my thoughts as I venture through your Space.

    I don’t know if you will be interested in mine as my writing is of a Gothic Horror theme but I do add some alternative topics, though few and far between if I am honest about it and many Spaces that I add my thoughts to do not visit me, which is quite alright my friend, horror poetry and stories of the same genre are certainly not everyone’s cup of tea as it were.

    I will call back and read your posts and if you do wish to call into
    My Gothic Realm then you will definitely be welcome to do so 🙂

    Have a delightfully exquisite weekend my friend…

    Androgoth

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  26. Hiya, just want to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. https://bardicblogger.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  27. Tom Baker says:

    Victoria, I wanted to let you know that the poem you said I could share on my blog is live now. It went up yesterday in the Poetic License series. Thanks again for allowing me to share it with my readers.

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  28. Phil says:

    So very delighted to meet you Victoria. I look forward to wandering about your blog and catching up on past entries.

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  29. willowdot21 says:

    I have to say thank you for your blog, you are a very inspiring person. Your writing is full of empathy and knowledge and you have lived a varied life and so your opinions and thoughts are something to learn from. You have inspired me , I have only been here since June but meeting people like you makes me feel happy to stay here. I hope you, your husband, your Mum and your canine family are well and happy! God bless and power to your pen.xx

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  30. Victoria,

    Although I responded to you on my blog, I wanted to do it here as well. I am honored to be your 7,000th “hit” and would love to be interviewed!

    You can contact me via email if it’s easier.

    Lorna

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  31. How incredibly lovely to meet you……. Thank you for sharing yourself with us Victoria. The world is better place for it. At least mine is. Your story is absolutely touching and tells me that you are a wonderfully strong, beautiful woman. You are absolutely an inspiration. Bless you dear.

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  32. I am glad you visited my blog, otherwise, I wouldn’t probably have discovered your inspiring blog! It is humbling to read your comment on my page.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    FYI: I am gonna link your blog on mine! 🙂

    Cheers,

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  33. […] write, submitted for Poetics Texture at dVerse Poets-Pub, hosted by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto,  published author as well as writer of live2write2day blog. The prompt she presented us with is […]

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  34. Appreicate getting to know you better with this Victoria.

    Hope your mum is doing well these days?

    xo

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  35. Steve says:

    I really enjoyed reading your “about” and through your blog this morning Victoria – I’ve added your blog on my list of favourites to make regular visits back – coffee ? 🙂

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  36. Pat Cegan says:

    Nice to read about you again. I have not had the time to explore all you have here regarding poetry forms, etc. Also, I am a bit intimidated it as I was thrown into writing a poetry blog when I had never read a blog, knew nothing about poetry, and was convinced from a boring class in college that I Hated poetry. Now here I am posting mountains of poetry.

    BTW, check out the addition of drums on the poem Ancient Rituals. Your suggestion was great. Let me know what you think. patcegan@hotmail.com hugs, pat

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  37. Hi Victoria, I had looked over my spam file and had just clicked the button to clean it out when my eye caught an email from Victoria. Unfortunately there was nothing I could do to retrieve your email. If that was indeed an email from you, I hope you will email me again. My address is Christine (dot) d (dot) schmidtke (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  38. […] enjoy the opportunity that such give-and-take provides.” MORE Wordsmith Wednesday, Victoria Ceretto-Slotto Δ WHEN DID YOU STOP BEING A POET? […]

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  39. jgavinallan says:

    Victoria: I hope this is not a repeat—the comment did not come out the first time.

    This is the second time I have read this post…it was the first post I read and it is my favorite.

    I have explained—you are an angel—and the world appreciates you—I do

    love from Jaye

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  40. jgavinallan says:

    Victoria…this is the second time I read this post. It was one of the first . It remains my favorite. I will not relate why…and what you bring to the table of life.

    Just—life appreciates the kindness of angels…I sure do

    love Jaye

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  41. Helena White says:

    Victoria, I am so glad I visited your blog! Synchronicities are certainly at play here. Two novels, congratulations!
    I’m so glad I stopped by, I think I’ll stay…

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  42. Hi, just to let you know, I’ve put a link to your blog on my page called “My Blogging Friends” 😀

    Hope you’re having a good weekend,
    Chloe xx

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  43. […] Victoria Ceretto-Slotto […]

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  44. barbara says:

    I live near the Sierras myself in Northern CA. Reading your bio..I see that I almost took the route of the convent myself spending many a night at various orders. There is something beautiful about the lifestyle yet I could never commit….the passion of the mystery of life has never left though through everything …I can read that in your work also…life is an amazing journey…best to you…bkm

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  45. jgavinallan says:

    I enjoyed your bio, and also shed a tear. With all the things you have experienced, I still can feel in your words hope and understanding. I must confess. If there are angels in heaven, I know they are nurses. My experience with them as shown me that.
    I want to be a member of your audience and devour your work. I’m sure the compassion I lack is there.

    Jaye

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  46. […] I am honored to have a guest post on the blog liv2write2day, written by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto. Victoria’s blog is a delightful mixture of fiction, poetry and spirituality, and my piece is […]

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  47. Scotti says:

    So happy to find your blog! It is full of some wonderful writing prompts and beautiful poetry.

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  48. Hi Victoria,Nice knowing you more…. congrats on your two novels…the script was touching.
    True,you are a inspiration!

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  49. I am so happy to have been led over here via your post at Poetry Potluck today (3/7/11)! I’m looking forward to digging through your categories for hidden gems.

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  50. Lydia says:

    I read your comment at Jingles about loving the quail in Reno and came right over. I was born in Reno and lived there for 25 years before moving to Oregon. What a great hometown!

    Congrats on your second novel (that is huge!) and on finding an agent (that is a biggie, too). I am excited for you!

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  51. Mike Patrick says:

    It is wonderful that you have completed a novel and gotten an agent. It is not an easy task, and I have the rejection slips to prove it. Although the genre is not my normal cup of tea (I’m more of a W. E. B. Griffin or Tom Clancy fan), I’m looking forward to reading your books.

    I was going to ask what got you interested in writing, but I can’t even articulate what started me writing. Best of luck and God bless.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Mike. I know what you mean–I’m not sure I can define why I write except that I have to. I like reading Clancy kind of books too.

      Enjoy the writing process. I have a lot of rejections too and even though I have an agent, nothing has happened. The market is stalled. I’m thinking about e-publishing.

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  52. Becca Givens says:

    I feel honored to discover your site — thank you for making a comment on mine – so I could discover yours! Namaste and blessings ~~ becca

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  53. hpicasso says:

    thanks for your comment…

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  54. hpicasso says:

    thank you for reading my words…please accept, that my words came from a personal place and I was not making light of a most serious subject, nor was it a blanket imlpication of clergy…it was my attempt at release

    after reading your comment, I felt a personality in your answer so I stopped in and after having read your bio, I felt compelled to acknowledge this to you

    Peace, hp

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    • Your poem expresses a profoundly tragic reality and it needs to be read. I encourage others to link to it. You are a powerful poet, Picasso. And skilled to be able to blend in a bit of humor.

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  55. connetta says:

    I’m a cargiver, over 24 years I’ve taken care of people for my living. I do private duty home care now. I was my mother- grandmother and brother in laws caregiver, and i have worked along side hospice.
    One of my clients years ago was a lady who had a daughter in law “Rose” who was a nun and later got married and had 3 children. I loved Rose..she was a nice person. I loved her kids too. she was a older mom, but a good one. we still hug in Krogers or anywhere we run into each other.

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  56. Josè Pascal says:

    Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in this beautiful blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my italian writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com.
    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories. ”

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon
    Josè Pascal

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  58. 1sojournal says:

    We indiciduals who write seem to have such rich lives of experience. Perhaps that’s why it must spill out onto the page, just too much to hold in? Just wanted to stop by and learn a bit more about you, and I have. We do have much in common, but I only thought about the convent in parochial grade school. That changed quickly when I hit public high school. I have partaken in the hospice program as a volunteer, taken several courses on death and dying, and later led an all day retreat for a large group of pastoral ministers.

    I look forward to seeing much more of you in the future and thanks for dropping by my ‘stones’ post.

    Elizabeth

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  59. Gee, since you mentioned my “About” I thought I’d come see yours–Wow! Don’t change a thing! What an interesting life you’ve had. I have a good friend who spent much of her life in a convent in Ireland. She has since married, had 2 daughters, and wrote a book she called “Grandmother Ireland, Stepmother Church.” She is a wonderful writer, but we have lost touch and I don’t know whether she has published it or not. Anyway, so nice to meet you!

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  60. jennifer says:

    oh my, i would love to be able to share a glass of wine and talk….I look forward to getting to know you AND reading your books!

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    • That would be wonderful. My kidney donor lives in GA, maybe I need to go visit her. :o)

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      • Frieden,

        Peace as stated above, as oft-times I utilize a bit of Deutsch (German) Friend… My father, spent a bit of time in Germany! I’ve thus always had a fond notion associated in relation to the culture, it’s food especially and Oktoberfest (ha, ha, good times huh)?

        My friend! I can very notably relate, of sorts to you; as you stated above, about your kidney donor…—– 😉 😉 See, I’ve got a highly (rare) and fatal auto-immune disease I battle daily always… We fight life ay, it’s not fun in some of these times, and I won’t ask or pry what it is which ails you?

        I first noted your link to your incredible, stoic, yet emotionally classy, standup site on kenny’s page (KOLEMBO’s). I definitely couldn’t help but devote to your words of incredible wisdom, and concisely well versed…——— 😉 😉

        Blissful Peace Dear Fellow Writer/Author,
        R.A. Noble

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  61. souldipper says:

    No wonder…it’s the Grace that I see. It shines though. How did I miss this “About” before? Interesting to learn about your a soul building life. You truly are a person I would love to have lunch with weekly. Oh the questions…

    Thank you for being here.

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  62. Jamie Dedes says:

    I just read your comment on my poem Eco Panis…and I could see why you’d respond as you did. We evolved from a similar start … I also have been dealing for ten years with death and dying – idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – and it is likely there is a transplant in my future. I didn’t stay at convent, but married young and so have the gift of a world-class son.

    Poem on, my friend. Good job …

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  63. Cheryl says:

    Just wanted to thank you for stopping by today. You’re the only one who saw what I did with Guan-Yin. It was the only way I could write that post.

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  64. Chloe says:

    This was a really interesting read and it was great to learn more about you; I am excited for you about your novels, upset to read of the losses you have experienced in life and DELIGHTED to read of your gift of a kidney transplant! Wow!! Words cannot express how amazing that must be.

    Like you, I spent many years associated with religion and church and, although I am no longer religious, there is no doubt that that has been a strong foundation for me in my life and probably in my writing too. Writing has always been my desire in life (since the age of about 5) and one day I hope to write a novel….meantime, I’m trying to keep my pencil sharp by writing the odd bit of poetry every now and then!

    I hope you have a GREAT weekend – and thank you for the inspiration!

    Chloe xx 😀

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  65. Lynn says:

    You are an inspiration! Thank you.
    I want you to know that if you go to my blog: http://lynnadavidson.wordpress.com you will discover you have been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award. I just want to give you shout out.
    Blessings!

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