lifestyles, travel,genealogy, geocaching, weddings, food, cakes, cooking, plays, theatre, theater, concerts, entertainment, style, fashion, clothing sewing, quilting, art, painting, photography, pets, animals, nature, history
pets, parrots, birds, birding, wine, wine making, vineyards, gardens, dogs, cats, outdoors, nature, theater, theatre, home, garden, travel, Great Britain, history, genealogy
Did not complete degree
Did not complete degree
With her newspaper job, Velma has covered community theater as well as professional shows that have appeared at the performing arts center or Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She loves concerts of a wide variety of music, and personally knows performers in several genres. She loved meeting the elderly Betty Lynn, who played Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" and interviewing Lewis Grizzard as well as other artists as they have come through the Northeast Tennessee area.
Since travel can be as near as the next state or as exotic as a boat trip on the Amazon River, Velma has written so many articles on locations and fun things to do that she has completely lost count. The joy of exploring new places is at the top of Velma's makes-me-happy list. She's canoed in the Okefenokee Swamp, taken photos of an overabundance of bears in Alberta, Canada, and tent camped with the lighted faces on Mount Rushmore visible from her site. She has had travel articles and photographs published in her own newspaper, a number of magazines and online sites.
Part of any newspaper's "women's section" will naturally include fashion, pageants, hair, nails, dresses, attire, cosmetics and all things frilly. Velma has written about all items dear to the hearts of women for years, both at the newspaper and some online sites.
Some of Velma's online writing has been for catalogs of lighting fixtures and household accessories and likely others she has forgotten. This is an area she especially enjoys.
Velma has had two personal blogs -- one about a hundred-year-old farmhouse she purchased and another about her beloved pets. She discovered that while it seemed to her that her animals are endlessly fascinating, it was not true that their antics were enough to keep even her interested for an extended period of time.
While writing her own blogs did not produce income, she has produced a number of blog posts with one of the online companies for which she writes.
"A Little About Rocks" impressed Velma's elementary school friends when her article was published in the local newspaper. She wrote long even then. At that time she could not know she would be writing thousands of articles for her local paper, several magazines and online writing sites.