I have been a journalist and photographer for more than 40 years. I am a self-employed freelance writer for magazines and newspapers -- my main outlet is the Waynesboro News Virginian (a daily newspaper). I have been the editor of the award-winning Virginia Native Plant Society State Newsletter for more than 25 years. I also co-own a small publishing company -- Lot's Wife Publishing. My work focuses on outdoor activities (hiking, biking, etc.) and environmental advocacy.
My friend Carrie Wilson not only convinced me to become a new member of OWAC, but to also participate in the storytelling session at the fall conference in Sonora. This is my story about some awkward moments and life changing experiences on a trip to Japan.