Living in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband and the cherished reminders their two children left behind when they departed as adults, Becky spends her days in creative pursuits. Currently crafting 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 is a creativity geek, a creativity enthusiast; she believes that everyone is creative if they give themselves the opportunity to be. Becky gives herself the opportunity to be creative, in some way, every day.
Becky’s dream to do list includes a few publicly shareable aspirations:
- write a novel (well, more like 2 or 3 or more)
- write a book and/or teach a course about the life long need for creativity
- start a movement to make frizzy hair stylish and desirable
- experience zero gravity
- find cute and comfortable shoes that fit her 11DD feet
- hunt seashells with her grandchildren
- have dinner at the home of an adult grandchild (still several decades away!)
- travel – anywhere – as opportunities arise
She doesn’t worry about what car she drives. Though her current car is now a toddler, 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 of what the money from those car payments can buy.”
She tries to live green. It’s not just cars. If you drop by for snacks or dinner, Becky will direct you to one of the dozens of cloth napkins she bought for her family 14 years ago. Heavy 100% cotton, not quite square, never ironed, the napkins are always rolled and kept in a basket on the counter. “Oh, the memories in those marinara stains!”
She likes to explore – across town, the country, or the world – new places, ideas and cultures. Becky takes every travel journey at least 4 times. First, in her mind while researching and planning. Second, during the actual travel experiences. Third, while journaling at the end of each day 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 memories.”
An introvert, she is often found behind a camera. Becky loves digital automatics with deep optical zoom that fits snugly in her pocket. “A camera helps me focus on details, I might otherwise miss.” Looking at life as though it’s through a camera’s eye helps her “see” better when writing, too.
Becky remains loyal to her tiny point and shoot, taking over 3000 photos with her 20X optical zoom, compact digital camera during her latest adventure trip. The camera’s display fizzled after her 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, almost the feel of film, without the space limitations.”
Becky’s husband has learned to patiently wait while she both enjoys a moment, then fulfills her photographic urges. If you want to travel through her eyes, Becky and her husband share .001% of their travel photos, look for Becks ‘n Will @BearEndsCoupe
Her most recent far traveled journey? A 21-day adventure with stops in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Malta. When invited to Malta, Becky was embarrassed that she had to pull out her maps to find its geographic location. The broken camera from Becky’s last trip recorded every photo, three below (village vegetable market in Turkey; locks of love in Santorini; prayer tokens hung at Greek Orthodox church in Nafplion).
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine
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