As you already know, my name is Diane Stephenson. I would like to share a bit information about me and where I come from so you can get to know me a little.
I cannot talk about me without telling you about my beginning and early years. I was born in Brantford, Ontario Canada–the city from which Alexander Graham Bell made his first telephone call to Paris, Ontario, seven miles from Brantford. My schooling was completed there and I graduated from Grade 13 at Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School. The school was named after the Canadian poet Pauline Johnson who lived on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford. For some years now the city has been known as the home of Wayne Gretzky, the famous hockey player. Quite a range of the famous!
Following high school I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life. I decided to enroll in the Brantford General Hospital School of Nursing. After almost two years I opted to leave nursing, for personal reasons, and took a 10-month commercial art course. That course changed the course of my life.
In 1966 I moved to London Ontario where I started a job in graphic arts in a silk screen printing company. I learned a great deal there from how to design sale themes for stores to illustrating shoes to operating a process camera to working in the plant–even to running a printing press on occasion.
In 1970 I made a life-changing decision–to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. My life has never been the same since. Many things have happened over the years and I have grown from a shy young woman to someone who is not afraid to speak out, even in front of an audience. Change is probably the most constant thing about my life.
Over the last couple of decades I have had my own home-based business, first in hand-made crafts then in several network marketing companies. In 2010 I officially became a senior citizen, but retirement is not in the near future for me. I have too much yet to accomplish. I have been writing for over twenty years and that is my real love. Several of my small children’s books I self-published years ago. Now I am pursuing publishing possibilities for other manuscripts.
How do I spend the rest of my time? Well, I love to read. In fact, at times I have more than a half dozen books on the go at the same time. As I have already mentioned, I love to write. Photography is also one of my pastimes and I enjoy strolling through parks, gardens and out-of-the-city kind of places where I continually snap pictures of anything nature. You will find many of my photos here on my blog posts. Music is another thing I enjoy though I do not have much time for the piano any more. I used to paint–landscapes, portraits, animals–but that has also been set aside for lack of time. Maybe one day…
Well, I do not want to bore you, so I will end my tale here. Now you have learned about me, I do hope you will spend some time reading my blog posts and commenting. And I want to thank you again for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to getting to know some of you through your comments and e-mails.
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