I’m a late bloomer. I received my BAS in management and psychology when I was 51, I learned to ride a motorcycle when I was 55, I totaled said motorcycle when I was 57, and I finished my first book after I started collecting Social Security. A LONG AND WINDING ROAD, A Caregivers Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos is the story of the drama and hilarity that ensue when two people who don’t know much about RV travel and two people who don’t know much about anything spend 53 days inside a 400-square-foot box on wheels. It is also the story of my emotional and spiritual road through co-dependence, marriage, divorce, the emotional breakdown of my son, finding love again, surviving a less than stellar economy, retirement, and caregiving and all that entails. Anaiah Press released my book on July 1, 2014. It is available at: B&N // Kobo // iTunes // Amazon // Smashwords // Google Play
I was down-sized out of corporate America in 2007, and I gave up my hands-on caregiving duties in late 2010 when Mom and Dad moved from our home to assisted living after I experienced a major case of caregiver burnout. Dad went home to be with the Lord in May of 2011, and Mom followed him one year and one week later. Now David and I live outside a tiny town 60 miles east of Dallas. We planned to use our Texas place as a home base while we spent as much time on the road as possible, but the price of diesel has put those plans on hold for a while. In the meantime, I write because that’s what writers do, and I post because that’s what modern writers do.
I write a weekly column about my church for the Rains County Leader, our local newspaper, and I contribute articles on country living in a column called City Girl. I am a contributor to Yahoo Voices and Red Letter Christians. I am an occasional contributor to Assisted Living Directory, and my blogs appear regularly on Daily Burnsider. You can contact me at LindaBrendle@yahoo.com, and you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.
I hope you’re amused, encouraged or maybe even inspired by my stories. Stop by any time.