I’m Mary Louise Tucker (MLT or Lou to many). I was born in Pennsylvania (USA) but have lived most of my life in Australia after arriving as a 25-year-old traveller.
I am married to a guy who cooks well and still makes me laugh. We have no children. We do…
I wrote a poem at a workshop in 2009 and it has been sitting in a drawer since. Time for it to see the light of day.
I stand on the ladder picking
from the tree outside
the kitchen window.
Mom calls out to us,
“Save some for pie —
my lips are red
against my teeth as I spit them
to the ground.
Tempe, Arizona, 1979. I’m finishing my last university credits and will finally graduate after six years. I apply for a job as a proofreader. I’m 22 and pretty sure I’ve been born to proofread. After all, hadn’t I won a spelling bee as a 10-year-old in 5th grade?
In 2015, I finished working full-time as a Technical Writer and Editor, a job that has taken me to many cities, introduced me to clever software developers and business analysts, and given me financial security since the early 1980s. Now, I have settled into a routine of ad hoc freelance…