Hi! I’m Ramona, and I created this website because when I’m writing, I’m happy, and want to share my excitement about it with everyone!
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I’ve enjoyed writing since I was about eleven years old, when I started making up stories about cats, typing poems on my mom’s typewriter, and got my first diary.
When I was about forty I noticed that for a long time I’d been looking forward to being retired and in my eighties when I would finally have the time to start being A Writer. Then it occurred to me that, even though I wasn’t retired yet, there was nothing wrong with starting to learn how to write! At that joyful revelation, I started reading every how-to-write book I could get my hands on and taking writing courses.
I love children and fun and science, so I enjoy writing for children. I have written some educational books, and a few of my stories and articles have been published in children’s magazines. When I write for adults, I naturally veer toward romance, and two of my short stories have been published (still trying to find a home for those novels!).
It has been fun to share my thoughts on my blog, and connect with readers and other writers (THANK YOU!). At times, when it comes to my creative and mental energy, I feel like saying, “I gave at the office” (or in my case, the school). Yet even if I don’t get much writing done, I always have energy to read, and love to share my excitement and inspiration from top-quality, beautiful books.
These are photos of some of my book shelves. I am especially attracted to OLD books where I find some of the best quality writing, plots and characters, even in those close to a hundred years old. When I go treasure-hunting, I look for classic, vintage or antiquarian books of fiction (especially romance), children’s stories or poems, and Christianity.
My faith is a continual well of joy in my life, and I am fascinated by the faith journeys I read about in fiction or non-fiction. I want to know about the spiritual life of those who lived in completely different centuries, customs, cultures, locations, and circumstances.
The inspiration and wisdom gained from walking with God in quiet conversation, reading the Bible, and hearing others’ experiences is timeless and boundless. To me, the quality of writing and depth of thought in the older books surpasses that in contemporary books, and is a thing of beauty.
For someone whose only real plan in life was to travel the world, it took a shockingly long time for me to get started with it. Better late than never! I left North America for the first time, traveling across two oceans in one year. First I crossed the Pacific to visit my dear friend in Hawaii, who lives in a quiet rural area with solar electricity and a view of the ocean. I so enjoyed partaking in the quiet, simple, organic lifestyle.
Then I went over the Atlantic to meet my German relatives, visit my mother’s little hometown in the Bavarian Forest on the border of the Czech Republic, and take a tour around Germany. How precious to be part of this lovely family with 4-generations in one house. And what happiness to help my mom and her sister have a video call and see each other for the first time in 40 years!
The beautiful small towns with their red roofs and church spires that dotted the foothills, the art and architecture and castles, and learning the history and determination of the German people–while traveling with my best friend since I was 9 years old!–all gave me such a thrill and great pride at my heritage.
Because I love learning, my original life plan was to be a teacher, but I impulsively changed my mind and got my degree in Engineering Math. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, USA, and now live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am nice and close to a beautiful park and river with interesting wildlife at hand, and happy to have my sons, daughter-in-law and grandson!!! nearby. I have come full-circle and enjoy working at a wonderful school as an ESL Assistant.
- my dear family, spread across Canada, U.S. and Germany
- friends I’ve known for 50+ years, friends I’ve just met, and all those in between
- discovering, exploring, researching, learning
- the ocean, the mountains, the beauty of nature
- walking and hiking especially in our nearby Canadian Rockies
- nature photography, and making cards and other crafts from my photos
- archiving my family and life in scrapbooks, videos and journals
- old movies (who can resist spending time with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Donna Reed or Jimmy Stewart?)
- outdoor concerts, Shakespeare in the Park
- studying the Bible, being active in my church, volunteering
- cooking real food and inventing super-healthy snacks
- learning about herbs, natural health, mindfulness and living intentionally
- corresponding with my sponsored children and snail-mailing to pen pals around the world,
- surfing the internet to satisfy my endless curiosity
- finding small simple ways to make the world a better place
And you…? I’d love to meet you and hear your story! Feel free to send me an email using the contact form at the bottom. Thanks for reading!
Famous Black Canadians (Black History in Canada series), Saunders/Beech Street Books/Coast2Coast2Coast
Chinese Immigrants in Canada (Immigration to Canada – Then and Now series), Saunders/Beech Street Books/Coast2Coast2Coast
Respect Our World: Sustainability (To Be Canadian series), Saunders/Beech Street Books/True North
“How to Spy on a Whale”, purchased by Highlights for Children
“Used With Permission”, Encounter: The Magazine
“Book Review of Young at Heart by Violet Ramos”, Fellowscript Magazine
“Paper Folding Challenge”, Highlights for Children
“I Guess I Robbed a Bank”, Flashy Shorts 2
“Inclement Weather”, The Storyteller
“Still Praying After All These Years”, Love is a Verb Devotional, Bethany House
Poems and art, High Grade (Colorado School of Mines literary magazine)
Adventure Math Stories, 4 short stories with math problems, a math supplement for grade 4-6 math students (50 pages)
Celebrating Friendships, College alumnae reunion book (30 pages), compiled, published and distributed
Monthly articles on Inscribe Writers Online blog
www.wisdomwithwealth.org content and editing
“Fun Bible Study Activities”, ehow
“How I Managed”, Personal Report for the Administrative Professional
Regular column and feature article in Volunteers Newsletter, Metropolitan Calgary Foundation
Regular column in The Oredigger, student newspaper for Colorado School of Mines (college)
“Finals Break Refreshers” article, co-author, The Oredigger