Over the years, this Red Hatter has used her writing as a catalyst through which her emotions flowed and her sanity was maintained. It was the thread that she clung to when everything around her had disintegrated into nothingness. Writing became her first love in high school English class, but dreams of becoming a published author were forgotten after graduation. Preparing for an empty nest, Jeanette’s quest for fulfillment led to publishing several feature stories in her local community newspaper, while working as feature editor of her college newspaper. Three of her short stories were runners-up and published in Joyous Publishing anthologies, 2006, and 2007. Her credits include: The Storyteller; Good Old Days Special; and ByLine magazines. One of her pieces, “Dad,” won honorable mention in a ByLine contest and also appeared on Sweetgum Notes on the web. Her passion for writing is detailed in “Rediscovering a First Love,” in the Cuivre River Anthology, Volume III. She belongs to several writing groups, where she finds encouragement and plenty of kudos on her endeavors. Jeanette and her “second love” of 47 years are enjoying retirement and time spent with their two granddaughters.