My high school English teachers inspired me to become a writer. But I didn’t comprehend that someone would pay me to write until the editor of The San Diego Church News (1975-1976) asked me to write a progressive review of a Women's Bible Study Series by Alice Movius Painter called "The Challenge of Being a Woman". It was a study I was doing with my college roommates at the time and my reviews ended up published in four of their monthly issues.
After finishing my B.S. degree at the Univ. of Calif. at Davis, I married and we moved to the Midwest. Three children and several moves later, my involvement with the North Platte, Nebraska, Chamber of Commerce (1984-85) brought about my rewrite & their re-publication of their 1-week Jr. High Level Economic Education Curriculum (taught by local business people).
My only other published works (1989-1992) were in the form of a self-published Home School Newsletter called "L.I.F.E. Lines" (L.I.F.E = Learning In a Family Environment) with a readership of approximately 20 families.
After 54 years of living with myself, my faith, my faults and my family, I have come to realize that I have a great deal to offer others who are traveling on the same road I am. So when I decided it was time to refresh my writing, Faithwriters was a great place to start.
Update: July 4, 2010. I'm proud to have my voice in print in "Remember on this July Fourth" letters to the editor in USAToday's Weekend Edition.
Update: Dec. 2011 - Two of my devotions published on the Mustard Seed Ministries Website.
Update: November 2012 - started my Happiness Blog at www.alwinenow.com
Update: December 8, 2012 - Published "A Tale of a Different Color: Good Lookin' Out" as co-author with Dwight Storm Halvorsen. A psychedelic sixties parable for the young of today, it paints a powerful picture of the consequences of the choices we make everyday.