Nancy’s life, like most of ours, has had its surprises and lessons, its traumas and hilarious consequences. Along her meanderings she realized she was free to just be, to observe life around her, and being of an artistic nature, to express it as wont in word or art. (QUIRKY R US ARTWORK)
Raised in the country in Lebanon, Connecticut, USA, and after being literally knocked around as a teen (swept away in a hurricane, dangled off a cliff in a car, squashed by a dump truck and then struck by lightning through the telephone), she shook off those survival situations, gathered her wits and started to travel, and by herself. From the get-go she collected new friends and many are still in her life, today. She is eclectic and comfortable most anywhere from Africa to Mexico to Australia and Iceland. Be careful if you invite her to join you, because chances are high that she will do so!
She’s raised two lovely girls to adulthood, and had more than a few interesting careers and loves along the way, but her “flights of fancy” to places and spending valuable time with ordinary folks, listening to their stories, are highlights.
Now, in her retirement, which she refers to as “recalculating”, she writes and shows her art as well as works part time as a Standardized Patient Instructor for a renowned medical school, nearby.
“Stories are the way humans share what’s important to them, usually through the symbols of words. Its how we share our values.” As a writer and artist she has no fear of straying outside “the lines” to set a mood, be playful, or add a twist to a tale. She’s been known to push perspectives figuratively and specifically and is most free when playing with a medium and letting the story out, then focusing it, but not much. Subject matter varies from in-your-face to abstract interpretation and fun—they’re all part of storytelling.
Read Nancy's story on the Nancy McBride page.