Today my VBT- Writers on the Move guest is Janet Ann Collins, an unusual woman who has been a newspaper reporter, columnist, teacher, foster mother and biological mother, and now a grandmother.
I had my approach to this post all planned, but then I reread other posts written by other bloggers, I realized my ideas were not unique or different. Others used those ideas I thought were mine. After all, Janet has been a popular VBT member, I believe one of the first members.
Everything I've read about her impresses me, from raising special-needs foster children to writing two books for youngsters.
Therefore, I visited Janet's website Janet Ann Collins Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts to see what I could discover new about her. The following are her words from her website:
Do you love kids? Or are you a kid? If so, you've come to the right place. You can find out about the published writing, speaking, and teaching I do by clicking on the other links.
You can see more about children and read some book reviews at my blog, http://onwordsblog.blogspot.com
Besides being a writer, speaker, and teacher I've been a parent, foster parent of kids with special needs, and I'm now a grandparent.
If you're interested in special needs please look at my other blog, http://janetanncollins.blogspot.com
Besides being an author my claims to fame are:
* Although I don't know how to dance, I once performed with the Joffrey Ballet at the San Francisco Opera House.
* As a student working in a library I got so good at mending books they let me mend a Gutenberg Bible.
* I once had a conversation with Koko the gorilla who knows American Sign Language.
Janet is available to speak for groups, churches, and conferences, as well as lead workshops and teach classes on American Sign Language, helping people with invisible disabilities, getting children ready to read, and other subjects which can be found on her website.
Other members of VBT have discussed her books, which have excellent reviews and can be found on Amazon, but I wanted to focus more on Janet Ann Collins, the person.
Now tell me, how could anyone find this woman not unusual?