About Linda

My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in March, 2013. She died at home on June 7, 2014, with her husband and me by her side. This memoir is all about choosing to caregive my mother (and father at times) when I was probably my mother’s least likely choice for caregiver. It’s been a journey. Please join me.

Contact Linda at contentiouslove AT gmail DOT com (remove spaces, replace AT with @ and DOT with a period). Thank you.

RESUME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Graphic Designer, Web designer, Writer (1970 – current): Graphic design (print, illustration, production) clients included University of Mississippi, Gulf Coast Business Magazine, United Marine Underwriters, and dozens of other clients. Emphasis on writing online content development.

Executive Director, Discover Downtown La Grange, La Grange, Kentucky (2010 – 2012): Part-time position focusing on event planning, project management, public relations, community-building within a national Main Street program. Managed eight committees and serve as leadership in board development.

Owner, La Venture Station, La Grange, Kentucky (2011 – 2013): Owner of a co-working cooperative. This is a landlord position that requires little time and effort, yet was foreseen as a unique way to utilize space in the historic downtown district. Hosted several full-time and part-time businesses that all grew to move on, leaving me with a space to close the venture.

Owner, Sticks and Stones retail establishment, Norwood, Colorado (1994-1998): Bead and sewing shop on Main Street. Experienced a profit within two years. Sold business in 1998.

Reporter, Production Artist for Norwoood Press, Norwood, Colorado (1994-1997). Start-up newspaper that the owner sold in 1997.

EDUCATION

June 2005 – M.A. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. Major: History. Thesis: “Virginia Huguenot Impact on Southern Baptist Origins”; Advisor: Dr. Ellen Eslinger. Graduated with distinction and 4.0 GPA, full scholarship.

2003 – B.A. The Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois. Major: Visual Communications. Graduated with honors.

 PUBLIC SERVICE

  • President of Norwood, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, two consecutive terms, 1993-1997
  •  President of Norwood Racing, thoroughbred, two consecutive terms, 1994-1996
  • Grant writer for various entities in Norwood, Colorado and in La Grange, Kentucky
  • Past Public Relations Chair for several non-profit businesses and arts organizations

 AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Kentucky Historical Society Research Grant (May 2005)
  • Filson Historical Society Fellow (January 2005)
  • Egan-Martinez Full Scholarship, History Department, DePaul University (2004-2005)
  • Merit Scholar, History Department, DePaul University (2003-2004)
  • Colorado Press Association Shining Star Award and thirteen first-place awards for copywriting, layout, and design (1996)
  • Various art and design awards, including a regional ADDY (1970 – 2001)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Winter Quarter 2005 – Teaching Assistant, Department of History, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. Served as assistant to Drs. John Burton and Jane Baxter during a travel abroad session in San Salvador, Bahamas. The 2005 course was a second-year phase of a five-year archaeological project focused on a post-Revolutionary War plantation.

1982-1999 – Fine Art and Graphic Design Instructor, private, various locations. Taught individuals and groups from ages six to adult about the elements and principles of design and fine art in classrooms and other public settings.

 PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Mom Chronicles, financial column published weekly through BUYandHOLD [online: http://www.buyandhold.com]. New York: Oppenheimer (2001-2012).

WordPress Heroes (Holland, The Netherlands: DMXZone.com E-Book, January 2010).

DMXZone.com Premium Content, weekly tutorial on a variety of graphic design, Web design and social media topics [online directory: http://www.dmxzone.com/myZone.asp?userid=190940]. The Netherlands: Dynamic Zones International BV (2004-2010).

Better Investing Magazine, monthly editorial column for magazine that appeals to investing clubs [online: http://www.betterinvesting.org/bimagazine/masthead.html]. Michigan: NAIC (2006 – 2009).

Design and Accessibility: Recommendations and Legalities for Web Designers and Developers (Holland, The Netherlands: DMXZone.com E-Book, 2006).

“Fort Charlotte Graffiti: Cultural textures and Spaces, 1789 – 1935,” Presentation for staff, students, and visitors, Gerace Research Center: San Salvador, Bahamas (December 2005).

“Fort Charlotte’s Graffiti: Nineteenth Century Bahamian Military Life – Its Spaces, Textures, and Memories,” Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society, vol. 27. Nassau, Bahamas: Bahamas Historical Society (October 2005).

“DePaul University Excavations at Polly Hill Plantation: A Report of the 2004 Field Season,” Chicago, Illinois: DePaul University (July 2005).

Design for Web Developers: Colour and Layout for the Artistically Overwhelmed (Holland, The Netherlands: DMXZone.com E-Book, January 2005).

Learn To Design With Flash MX (London: Friends of Ed Publishing, November 2002).

Published poet in several venues, most recently the Mojave River Press & Review.