About Me

Hi, my name is Marsha Ingrao. I live in Central California, Tulare County, in the foothill community of Elderwood, north of Woodlake and east of Visalia.
 

Family

I have a brother in Portland. He and his wife have no children. Our parents, both only children themselves, have both passed. Hal, my mother’s first cousin lives in Delaware, and his family, whom I met a few years ago is the extent of my blood relatives as far as I know.
 
I’ve had two husbands, both for over twenty years. My first one passed away at age 47 of a rare genetic disease.  His sister had passed at age thirty-six of the same illness. His mother, though senile, lived to be ninety. His father died before I met him.
 
At forty-three I remarried and became a mother, for the first time, of a twenty-five-year-old step-son. Through my second husband I also gained a brother and sister-in-law, niece, nephew and great-nephew, and a sister, and for a short time, parents. 
 
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This is not my husband, Vince, by the way.

Retirement

It was hard to retire after working for so long. My career spanned diverse jobs, everything from selling Parents Magazine door to door, selling real estate, working as dental assistant, managing offices and doing books, and teaching in elementary school, and finally earning a master’s degree and working as an educational consultant at Tulare County Office of Education. 
 
Since retiring, I have focused more on writing, blogging, traveling, and community service. I’m the secretary of our Kiwanis of Woodlake Club and maintain the website, social media accounts, and the monthly newsletter.

I’ve published two books.  

Fiction is still on my bucket list. I have written, but not published two NaNoWriMo novels:
  • Girls on Fire, a fiction novel about three women in their 50s and 60s who are looking for new love and a change in life.
  • Winning Jenny’s Smile, a middle school fiction about Jenny’s first months in a new school.

Testimonials

  • Hi Marsha! I stumbled upon your blog, but I think I’ll stick around. Good work! Pleased to meet you, Marina
  • Hello Marsha! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #5! Jacob
  • You have a great life philosophy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.🙂 Sue
  • Greetings! I’ve nominated you for the “Light of the World Award”! Congratulations!! Amreen
  • First and foremost I’m a teacher.

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208 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Thanks for stopping by, Marsha and welcome aboard PSB. Hope you’ll enjoy your trips here.

    Will be checking on your blog for more stories! 🙂

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          1. Oh. I guess they have four of them a year. I’ve never tried one, but I decided to try this one because it’s only for a month. I have the two blogs. I thought I would switch back and forth between them. I think a person can post too much and too frequently, so I don’t want to do that. 🙂

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  2. So great to meet you Marsha. Glad you dropped by my blog so that I could find you here. I look forward to exploring more of your blog, which looks absolutely wonderful by the way. Seems we have a lot in common. Cheers!

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          1. It’s run by me so it’s going to be a pretty chilled group. Lol…. If you could share in the idea in principal, supporting authors, loving books, posting occasional links re: reviews to the club FB page or author interviews, etc. That kind of thing. Nothing too time consuming. Basically sharing what you already do via the club, and making new blogging friends. 🙂

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          2. It’s run by me so it’s going to be a pretty chilled and haphazard group. Lol…. If you could share in the idea in principal, supporting authors, loving books, posting occasional links re: reviews to the club FB page or author interviews, etc. That kind of thing. Nothing too time consuming. Basically sharing whatever posts you want to via the club and or liking other members posts. Just a bit of fun!

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