Meet Becky

Living in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband and the cherished reminders their two children left behind when they departed as adults, Becky crafts personal essay, memoir and fiction. A former college professor with a PhD in Information Systems, she admits an obsessive academic’s weakness for creativity studies. Becky believes that everyone is creative if they give themselves the opportunity to be. She tries to give herself the opportunity to be creative, in some way, every day.

In addition to writing, Becky’s to do list includes a few publicly shareable aspirations: experience zero gravity, find attractive and comfortable shoes to fit her 11DD feet, and hunt seashells with her grandchildren

Becky doesn’t worry about material things, especially what car she drives.  Though her current car is now a kindergartner, Becky drove the same minivan for 19 years. Previous to the minivan she drove a compact hatchback for 14 years. Why? “Because it just seems wasteful to get rid of a car that still works. And, really, think about the adventures you can enjoy with the money saved from having no car payment.”

She tries to live green. It’s not just cars. Don’t even get her started about single use plastics and disposables. If you drop by for snacks or dinner, she’ll direct you to one of the dozens of cloth napkins purchased over 15 years ago.  Heavy 100% cotton, not quite square, never ironed, the napkins are always rolled and kept in a basket on the counter. “You might find a few holes, but, oh, the memories in those marinara stains!” And, she keeps any single use plastics in a bin in the back of her pantry. “Single use should ALWAYS be the last option.”

Becky likes to explore – across town, the country, or the world – new places, ideas and cultures.  She takes every travel journey 4 times. First, in her mind while researching and planning. Second, during the actual travel experiences. Third, while journaling  during the trip. And, fourth while sorting through photographs and journal entries to create a personal memoir book of the trip.  If she grows too old to remember, Becky hopes her children or grandchildren will read the travel memoirs to her. “Some entries will make them smile, others may make them blush. All are true.”

An introvert, she is often found behind a camera. Becky loves deep optical zoom. “A camera helps me focus on details, I might otherwise miss.” Looking at life through a camera’s eye helps her “see better when writing, too.”

Becky’s not a photography guru, just a frequent snapper. She took over 3000 photos with her 20X optical zoom, compact digital camera during a 21-day adventure to Greece, Italy and Malta. The camera’s display fizzled after the first few days traveling — yes, that means her camera was broken and all shots were unable to be accessed and viewed. So, Becky took over 2,500 photos on the hope of accessing them when she returned. “It was freeing not to check and make sure I had the shot. Almost the feel of film, without space limitations.”

Becky’s husband patiently waits while she both enjoys a moment, then fulfills her photographic urges. If you want to travel through her eyes, Becky shares approximately  .001% of her travel photos on social media – follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

When invited to attend a wedding in Malta, Becky was embarrassed that she had to pull out her maps to find its location. Then she planned a 3 week trip around the wedding. The broken camera from the trip recorded every photo, three below (village vegetable market in Turkey; locks of love in Santorini; prayer tokens from a Greek Orthodox church in Nafplion).

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.  – St. Augustine