“You must be an oldest daughter. No one else would think about doing this.”
That line came in an email I received while writing a book about oldest daughters.
The writer guessed correctly. I am one of an unknown number of oldest daughters. Even the Census Bureau doesn’t know how many of us there are.
I am the oldest of five siblings. As an adult and with my husband, I became a parent of three sons and two daughters. A bit later that expanded to include eight grandchildren.
I am also a writer. The journalistic type. I write
- for the joy of using words for their sounds and for the way –when when you string them together– they can create pictures, provoke thoughts and arouse emotions
- to establish and feel the connections between myself and the reader of my book or blog or article
- to talk about things that I see as relevant in my life and those around me
- to share people’s stories
- to hopefully help make others’ lives better
At age 15 I knew the fun, the joy, the thrill of writing a story for my high-school newspaper—and having readers respond.
For more than three decades I wrote bylined (by Pat Schudy) features in regional and national newspapers and magazines. For several years I “talked with” the population of young people from ages 12-22 in nationally syndicated advice columns, (“Talk to Us” and “Let’s Talk,” Universal Press Syndicate).
Recognizing the needs of young people across all socio-economic situations took me away from journalism for a few years. I worked as a youth advocate, including co-founding and directing a regional nonprofit youth-information network and phone line and later as a college tutor for learning-challenged students.
I’ve since returned to the field of writing–a book and blogs. Find updates on the News on the home page under “Book.”
When I am not immersed in family and writing, I grab my camera and head out to capture the beauty I find in individuals and nature. I’ve also been told I make really good cookies.
About the icon
At the top of each page on this website is a small icon. It is one of a series of three copyrighted images I asked Chicago artist Ann Marie Riederer Greenberg to create. (www.annmariegreenbergartwork.com) It represents in a small way, my alter ego.