Jack’s Wednesday guest post makes it on time for a change – –
A belated tip of the hat to my long suffering wife after our recent twenty third anniversary –
We are complete opposites – I’m a lazy bugger and she’s a workaholic!
When we first met she was a community storyteller, a swimming instructor and a strawberry picker. She had had a degree in journalism and another in German and had just completed her Masters in Education. She headed off to St Johns in Newfoundland to start her PhD in Folklore.
When that was to the thesis stage she joined me in Scotland and we married. Off she went again and started a very successful non-profit storytelling co-operative, was appointed to the board of the Scottish national storytelling forum, the board of the US National Storytelling Network and the traditional arts committee of the Scottish parliament. Shortly after to Lancashire in England where she worked for two years with refugees and asylum seekers and learned Arabic!
During all of this she was writing. Academic papers and then the first book which was a collection of newspaper columns published by Lingham House. We moved to Big Stone Gap and opened a bookstore so the next book was a memoir about that and a best seller for a big New York publisher. Since then there have been two more books and another three are in the pipeline!
But then she got another Masters Degree – in Public Health, and is now the Director of GMEC which encourages and helps newly qualified medical professionals to set up shop in Appalachia.
But enter Covid 19!
So, for the last few months she’s been sourcing PPE all over the world and getting it to clinics, medical centers and hospitals throughout SW Virginia – while finishing three books!
Just now and then she has a wee lull in her timetable and she can’t abide that, so it’s time to reorganize the cupboards or the backyard – – – or can stuff!
Did I mention the cat rescue or the chickens?
I can never keep up, but it’s been a wonderful twenty three years –
Here’s to the next twenty three!
Laura Kalpakian Author of The Great Pretenders email@example.com laurakalpakian.com Facebook // Twitter
Congratulations you two! What a wonderful mixture is your romance!
Happy anniversary 🥂