Chapter 14 Is Now Available On Patreon!

As I posted recently, I am writing again! Patreon sponsors can download the PDF:

Typing is still problematic for me, so I am continuing to write the manuscript by hand. I love the feel of a pencil scratching a page. A pot of tea, Pooka on asleep  my lap and I am at peace. Joy!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to get next weeks Daily Frail workshops ready and get to work on Chapter 15!

Miss Trudy On Patreon

Miss Trudy on Patreon!


This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!

Personal Information:

  • Christian wife of 50 years
  • Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
  • Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
  • Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
  • Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.


  • Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
  • Baking and cooking
  • Mountain dulcimer
  • Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense

Visit Miss Trudy at:


my grandfather's desk

I am finishing up the fourteenth chapter of my book in process.

When Amy died in September I found myself at a loss for words. It wasn’t writers block, it just hurt to remember. When I married Amy I made her my true north. I thought all of the adventures were just steps that led me into her arms. Without her I questioned everything. Lost with a broken compass. 

On Monday night I worked with adults getting started on the guitar, while all around me kids were teaching each other ukulele and a young boy learned the basic frailing strum faster than anybody we have ever encountered.

The young banjo student doesn’t have a banjo. His dad is serving in the Navy right now. On the ride home my father and I talked about helping the young man get a banjo of his own. We laughed over some of the trouble I got into when I was the same age, and for the first time in a while the memories did not hurt quite as bad.

I am never going to get over Amy. The good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet, are carved in me all the way down to the bone. I will, however, find a way to keep working. To use the good and the hurt and transform it into words and music as I have always done.

I will have Chapter Fourteen up for our Patreon sponsors soon. Thank you all for your patience.

God bless,


Home from music night. Had a wonderful time. Pushed a little too hard, but totally worth it. Great to see kids taking up the banjo.

Going to curl up with Pooka and get some sleep.

God bless,



Everybody claims to hate fruitcake, but that is because they have never had the real thing.

My mom makes fruitcake and it is so good that Dear old Dad and I usually fight over the last slice!

Watch the video and get the recipe at

Music Night in Marion, MD

Dear Old Dad and I will be  taking part in the informal music night at Christ Fellowship Church in Marion, MD.
7:00PM to 9:00PM Monday, December 10

The idea is to begin a weekly jam session where musicians of all levels can share playing tips, make music and socialize. Dear Old Dad and I will be available for help with beginning five-string/tenor banjo, guitar and harmonica, as well as taking part in the jam.  Classes in ukulele and fiddle are also planned.

Tonight’s gathering will be followed up by a weekly session after the holidays.