My name is Shirley Alexander, and I am a fifty-eight year old woman. I live near Athens, Georgia, USA. I was born, and grew up in, Northeast Georgia. I started writing poetry when I was nine years old, and my environment has a large influence on what I write. I grew up on a farm, and enjoyed the company of a hard working family–my parents, one brother (now deceased), and two sisters. I am a middle child. I have two children of my own, by two husbands, and I have a step-son (Todd). My daughter, Michelle, has one child of her own, Nicole. and a step-daughter, Jasmine. Todd has two children, Johnnie and Jake. I have a 28 year old son who lives at home with me. His name is Richard, but I call him “Dude”, and he has Down Syndrome. I wouldn’t change anything about him for all the coffee in the world, and I really love my coffee.
I am self-employed. I own a towing and recovery business, partnership in a trucking company, and I am a beef cattle farmer. I also own some business rental property, and some domestic rental property. It keeps me busy, but I still find time for my family, quiet walks in the woods behind my house, travel, and for writing.
My interests include, but are by no means limited to: writing, reading, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry making, gardening, travel, rock climbing (freehand), walking, running, tennis, water sports, and word puzzles. I am addicted to coffee and cryptograms.
I am a member of the Georgia Poetry Society, and my work appears in their latest edition of Reach of Song. Reach of Song is an annual book published by the GPS, and I am honored to be a part of it this year. My poetry has appeared in several online magazines, poetry anthologies, and local publications which include The Atlanta Review and Words in the Wind (a local poetry group publication). There are links on my site to other places on the web where my poetry is posted, including a private web site.
I will be posting poetry on here, but I might later add short stories, photos, art, etc. Please feel free to offer constructive criticism in any comments you post on my work. It helps me grow.
I look forward to meeting new friends, and seeing old ones again on WordPress.
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