About the Author
Hi, I’m Miriam Hurdle. I grew up in Hong Kong where I finished college and worked for several years before coming to the United States. While in Hong Kong, I taught Chinese as a Second Language at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was also the Director of the Children’s Department for Asian Outreach where I published four Children’s books.
I came to the United States for my graduate studies and received three master’s degrees in Education, Counseling, and School Administration, as well as earned a Doctor of Education from La Verne University in California. I worked two years as a rehabilitation counselor, then went into education. After teaching in California public school for fifteen years, I was promoted to a school district administrative position which kept me busy for ten years before retirement. The retirement made life easier since I survived stage IV melanoma cancer.
In my retired life, I enjoy volunteer counseling, reading, writing, blogging, singing, drawing, watercolor painting, gardening, photographing, and traveling. I’m married to Lynton Hurdle, have one married daughter. My older granddaughter Autumn was born on September 28, 2017, and the younger granddaughter was born on March 22, 2020.
I created my blog in 2011 but only wrote twelve posts from 2011 to 2014. My blogging didn’t take off until July 2016. At that time, I was to write about my cancer and recovery experiences. It has become further and wider than expected. I post short memoirs, poetry, short stories, flash fiction, family stories, travel journeys, and photography.
When I gained energy during the recuperation, I joined several writing and publishing groups. The Publishing group has retired professionals help each other to publish. Being around the writers and helpers was an encouragement for me to publish the first book, Songs of Heartstrings–Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude in October 2018.
The poems reflect different stages in my life, and it is storytelling in poetry form. I used my photography and watercolor paintings to illustrate the poems. The following watercolor paintings are three of several paintings included in the book.
I published my first children’s book Tina Lost in a Crowd in April 2020.
The eight-year-old Tina invited her classmate Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him, wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost.
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000