Welcome to Be Still and Know that I AM.
My name is Victoria C. Slotto. Here are a few facts about me:
- I’m a 70-year-old woman who lives in Reno, Nevada and spends time in Palm Desert, California.
- Married to David at a later age in life, I have no children, so my dogs (Currently, Sparky and Zoe) are spoiled beyond reason.
- I’ve been a Registered Nurse, working primarily in the areas of death and dying and I was a nun for 28 years; I’m a published author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction and have been blogging since 2009–poetry, essays, short fiction, writing how-to and prompts.
- My writing blog is Victoria C. Slotto, Author (http://email@example.com) and my website is victoriacslotto.com
- I am a practicing Catholic who has drifted and returned to the faith that is too much a part of me to slough off. In the process, I’ve studied Judaism (mystical Kabbalah), Zen Buddhism, and other spiritual paths. From all of these I gleaned much and have brought aspects of them into my daily life, enriching my own practice of Christianity.
- In 2001, I received the gift of a kidney transplant. My own closeness to dying, along with many years of working with end-of-life issues, has gifted me with a unique perspective of the transience of things, along with a deep gratitude for each day I live.
- Though I wrote throughout my life, in 2004 I began work on a novel, Winter is Past, published in 2011 by Lucky Bat Books. In 2013 I self-published, on Kindle, a Kindle Single: Beating the Odds: Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia and my first collection of Poetry: Jacaranda Rain.
- At present, I’m completing the final edit of a second novel: The Sin of His Father. It’s been a slow process, but I hope to have it available by the first week in December.
- Some of the things that I enjoy in addition to writing are gardening, pretending to golf, nature, painting and making jewelry.
As I write this, I glance out the window of my office and witness the beauty of the ornamental pear tree that shelters me from the sun that lowering in the West. Each day, the leaves are turning a brighter hue of gold and orange, reminding me that life as I’ve known it, is slowly waning. A Stellar Jay just stopped by to nourish himself on the tiny pears and I anticipate that, within a few days, flocks of Cedar Waxwings will visit to fortify themselves for their migration South.
That is what I hope for in this blog–a place for you to stop by and find a bit of sustenance on your spiritual journey–whatever your faith or lack thereof.
I’m uncertain as to how this blog will evolve. There will be some poetry, quotes, photography, even an occasional essay. I hope to get to know some of you, to learn from you and be touched by you. This is one of the blessings of our small, small, inter-connected world.
October 9, 2014