"May love's tender touch softly caress your heart and soul." W. L. Harrell
NOTE: Located to your left is a menu to various genres of Wanda's writings and personal interests. Since you are an honored guest, while you're perusing the selections, please take a moment to sign Wanda's guestbook.
A BRIEF BIO:
Born in York County, PA, Wanda spent her formative years in Washington County, TN. Her first published work was PATHS TO THE FUTURE, a poem for the Boones Creek High School Class of 1966.
Since 1973, she resided in Jacksonville, FL, but recently moved just a few miles North to a small town in Georgia. Following the demise of her 25-year marriage, Wanda began writing in earnest. In the past eleven years, she has penned one novel, two books of poetry, hundreds of poems, a cookbook and one non-fiction work.
In addition to her writings, Wanda has made two spoken word recordings of her poetry, now available through CD BABYand most download sites online. Currently, she is working on a new novel.
Wanda won Third Place in the international VOICES OF SERENITY competition, sponsored by The Ancient Wind Press. Her work has received several Editor's Choice awards, numerous honorable mention awards and is published in several poetry anthologies in the US and England.
If you're interested in knowing more about Wanda's wonderful family, go to Wanda's Ancestors and Family Poetry pages.
Wanda's writings are known far and wide for her romantic impressions and style. It is her hope you will find something among her words and thoughts that will gently touch your heart and stir your soul.
Wanda is so proud of this pencil sketch by talented artist, Robert Martinez, Sr. of Omaha, Nebraska
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM WANDA:
Welcome! I wish we could sit down, have a cup of hazelnut Cappuccino and talk, but since that's not possible, just know that I truly appreciate your taking time from your busy day to pay me a virtual visit here. May the time you spend with my writings be a pleasant experience, and may the wings of love always envelop you with gentle caresses.
Wishing strength, peace and love,
ALL WANDA'S POETRY AND DRAWINGS ARE COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
WANDA'S FAVORITE SITES (ABOUT HER AND HER TALENTED FRIENDS):
Today seemed like just an ordinary day, but one small incident made this particular Friday in January most remarkable. The cold, wintry rain that had begun through the night continued into the morning, so even though I had errands to run, I worked in my office. Finally, the rain stopped, so I seized on that window of opportunity to get the mail and run my errands. Because it was still very gray and cold, as I walked over to the mailbox, I felt a shiver from the bone-chilling cold go straight through me.
Just as I reached for the letter in the box, I heard a child’s sweet voice pierce the cold with a warm, “Hi!”
I looked up and there stood a small, beautiful angel, and she was smiling from ear to ear. She said something to her mother, and then ran toward me. Her mother said, “She wants to give you a hug.” I looked down at that precious child, with sparkling eyes and winning smile, standing before. As I leaned over to her little outstretched arms, my eyes welled with tears of joy. Suddenly, I wasn’t cold, and the gray clouds seemed to disappear from the sky. An ordinary Friday in January went from ordinary to extraordinary by the caring action of one sweet child.
In this big, wide world there are so many problems, it would be an impossible task to list even 1/10th of them. Today, I began to question, what would our lives be like if we adults behaved as that small child?
NOTE: I just went next door to let her parents know their daughter's story would be here. I received another hug added with yet another honor; MarKayla is now calling me her "friend." Oh, what a small child's act of kindness can do for a weary soul on a cold, dreary Friday in January.
30 Jan 2005: Gena, I send out a special thanks to you for the photos of your precious little MarKayla. I wanted everyone to know the face of a real angel.
WANDA'S FIRST LUNCHBOX
This was Wanda's first lunchbox, and because her mother kept it safely tucked away, Wanda still has this mint condition symbol of days gone by. Wanda went to Glenville Elementary School in Glenville, PA, a school that no longer exists. The three people she remembers most vividly from Mrs. Amanda Rohrbaugh's first grade class are Barbara Bare, Jeffrey Beaverson and Larry Elliott. If any of those people come across this website, she'd appreciate hearing from them. By the way, when Wanda was caught talking, Mrs. Rhorbaugh made her stand in the corner. She decided then and there, she didn't like that humiliation. She made up her mind to never got in trouble for talking again. Maybe that experience is part of the reason she talks so freely today...she was quiet all those years and knows she won't have to stand in the corner ever again. SMILE