About Carol and Golden Spiral Journey
I think of myself first as a countrywoman.
I grew up in the Mohawk Valley in Upstate
New York where I spent my childhood happily
immersed in the natural beauties of my family's
ten-acre country home, absorbing its often magical
inspirations, borne along by the slow, steady turn of the seasons.
During college in the turbulent last years of the 1960s,
environmental and antiwar activism instilled a strong sense
of public service. This led to "a few decades worth" of public
school teaching, primarily high school English. During this time
I helped raise a family, served as RE director at my Unitarian-
Universalist church, did a stint as a school board member and was
active in several other community groups in the Upper Unadilla Valley.
Along the way I nurtured my writing life primarily through
my journals and mentoring the creative writers among my
students. Attending a 1990 teachers' conference, I had a wonderful and
synchronistic meeting with the Young Adult novelist, Robert Cormier. It
proved to be the catalyst for taking myself seriously as a writer.
He signed my program that day, "Write that novel for me." Ten years and
two "practice novels" later I left full-time teaching to pursue my lifelong
passion of writing. Point of Departure, published by Trafford Publishers in
April 2002, was the result.
For more on my writing, including the start of my blog,
"Notes of an Earth Pilgrim", visit the WordSmith page.