I used to ride the playground ponies — painted metal creature swings behind my childhood home — and dream of a book with my name on it: Nancy Schatz. Now I’m married and my body’s pretty close to being 50 years old. My dream came true with minor adjustments: The name on the cover of two books is “Nancy Schatz Alton.” I think it took writing these holistic healthcare guides — The Healthy Back Book and The Healthy Knees Book — to believe I really am a writer. But I’ve been a writer before I could pencil the alphabet on the itchy lined paper in Kindergarten. It’s just who I am.
I wear many other definitions. I’m lucky enough to be a mom to two teenagers. I’m a poet, a freelance writer, editor and writing teacher, too. I’m a baker and a short-order cook, an off-key singer and car dancer. I’m a former long distance runner, an avid reader and a lover of color. I’m also a spy, because writers are spies, right?
This blog was born perhaps a decade ago. That’s when I tired of denying myself the privilege of having a blog. Some of what I have written here is part of a memoir manuscript entitled “But Still and Yet: Navigating the Learning Differences World with My Daughter.” Many entries feature rough drafts of my poems. A lot of this copy is random musings about what it means to be a human being. Existential angst, really. This is my space to live out loud in hopes of connecting with the universe at large, one reader at a time.
Boom. Enjoy my blog. Say hello via a comment if you have time to share a bit about yourself with me. Welcome to Within The Words, Finding the Green within the Grey.