Domestic goddess, 51, Lancaster, married with grown son. Member of the Daughters of American Revolution, Homestead at Herrington Lake Homeowners and very active with Herrington Lake Conservation League. Love gardens, a feisty schnauzer named Derby Doodle Dandy and a 125-pound Doberman named Dallas Doomsday Defense.
What motivates you to write?
Seriously, I want to answer in two words: stupid stuff. Or maybe too much government. It changes. But I was taught to write what I know, so when I write a letter about, say, NASCAR, I know about Kentucky Speedway's Bruton Smith, and I am spitting bullets at this moment, after the state invested $4.1 million. I warned y'all three days after the fiasco, he would want money. It's bridges and highways to nowhere.
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What shaped your worldview?
Growing up in Spring, Texas, north of Houston, I was allowed access to the world. It was during the oil rush, and things were good in Texas. I had a couple of horses I paid for, and paid for their feed with money from work. I was expected to work for anything I had.
My folks and my friends' folks were very well off, and we never had need for anything. But my mother came from a very different world of blue-collar poverty.
I've been a mom, a sales rep, a bartender, a restaurant manager, a rodeo queen, a wife and a daughter. So, you can say, I've been around.