I think of myself as a late bloomer. Retired from a career spent helping people with disabilities, I finally feel free to write. Living in Ann Arbor Michigan with my husband Roy and the most excellent dog, Baylee, I am a transplant from the Jersey shore that didn’t take. When missing the ocean, my husband points to whatever Great Lake we are standing next to and says, “ocean.” (very funny, not. ) I began writing in earnest upon my retirement over a year ago. After many false starts, I am finally finding my stride by committing to a blog inspired by Mary Engelbreit’s ”Life is Sweet“ page-a-day calendar. Now, I feel Like I am becoming the writer I was meant to be. See my nearly daily post on “The Princess Speaks” for a good laugh or good cry. Visit me online at emancipationofageneration.com. Check out www. creativity-portal.com to join me on a road trip through the past, in “Pictures in the Rearview Mirror” series.