ANN M. GRIGSBY
Born the oldest of four children to very hard-working and dedicated parents, I was taught at any early age that each accomplishment in life is earned, not given. Stemming from an ancestry with Native American blood in the mix, our father had a deep love for the outdoors, for his family, and for the classic Westerns. Growing up, the faces of John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Roy Rogers and Slim Pickens, were as familiar as family, stopping in for a visit for as long and as often as their movies were on television. Novels by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey were as prominent as the Bible, and valued almost as equally.
My youngest daughter and I live a simple life outside the small town of Des Arc, Arkansas, which sits on the banks of the White River, with my birthplace of Clarendon just to the south and sharing the same waters. Having a love for history, for reading, and for nature has fueled my passions for writing and editing, as well as painting. Each book is a new adventure, and each brush stroke is immortalizing a memory. My greatest blessings in life have been my three beautiful daughters and eleven grandchildren. Watching them grow, seeing the values and passions that were instilled in me come forth in them, is an honor to me, to my parents, and my grandparents.
Writing and painting are my “hobbies,” my “escapes” from every-day reality. My “day job” is my true passion. Teaching children with Special Needs is not easy at times; however, watching each child reach what the average person may see as a “small feat” (but are actual milestones for these children), fills me with amazement and the undeniable truth-- that no achievement is small in self-value, nor is it unobtainable. I am reminded almost daily, as I watch the faith these truly “special” children have, that with God all things are possible; without Him, nothing is worthwhile.