The author began writing songs and poems at an early age while growing up on a farm in rural Southeastern Kentucky. Elementary and high school teachers encouraged her writing, as did her college professors in later years. Throughout her career, this writing talent was effectively utilized for the benefit of both her own career and for her employers.While material for the poetry often came from personal experiences and feelings, poems were also written based on expressed feelings and experiences of other people. Often, friends and family would request that she write a special poem for them which would portray their own life experiences. Some poems were just written from an idea that came to mind so rapidly that the words were written in shorthand to be transcribed later. The author feels very blessed to have the writing talent and to have the opportunity to share this talent with others.