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Sharla Shults’ Bio

My childhood experiences revolve around a small southwestern Georgia town where education played a most important role. I followed in my dad’s footsteps and attended Troy State University, Troy AL in pursuance of my teaching degree in mathematics and science. At the time I was in school, Troy was (is still BTW) very well known for studies and entrance into the education field. After graduation, I taught for four years and then, in light of a very substantial pay increase, left teaching and ventured into the railroad industry. This in turn, led me to my soulmate, and eventually a return into education until my retirement in 2008. Even in retirement I still work in education but as an Online Education Specialist (fancy title for teaching online instead of in the classroom). The difference is that now my students are teachers. What makes it really special are the times I encounter those who were once my classroom students are now my students again but in a totally different environment. Now that is having come full circle! What a blessing!

Being a mathematician by nature is a strange beginning for a writer of poetry. As a child and even into adulthood, never did the vision of becoming a writer materialize. Not until much, much later in life did this gift emerge. How DID it begin? Well, one day an angel sat on my shoulder and began whispering in my ear. Days and nights ran together as the words poured from my thoughts onto paper. That, of course, would be any kind of paper on hand at the time. It was not unusual for the quiet whisperings to come at any hour of the night, perhaps even in dreams, and if not written down at the moment faded as swiftly as the rising sun. My passion for writing persists to this day and I never know when a random thought, a fleeting comment or a whispering from the past will trigger the next verse. For you see, I am not the writer, but only the messenger from His hand to mine, from my heart to yours. . .

To my husband, my soulmate, who inspires me in so many ways and still remains able to sometimes get a good night’s sleep, all is not lost in my dreams.

I invite everyone to open your heart, mind and soul to opportunities to remember, discover and reflect. . .


31 responses to “Sharla Shults’ Bio

  1. I thought I should tell you that you have completely inspired my husband with your blog,
    I read your comments to him and I get a “Hmmm…” last night he dropped a new poem on my lap with a big smile and a loud “There!” my reply was “And you want me to do what with this?” (raised eyebrow)…”Oh nothing… it’s just for you” Ahh but I know better! “This is for me to post because you want me to share it with Sharla…”
    So kudos to you and your blog, you have my hubby writing poetry again, well done :)

  2. AMSDaily says:

    Hi Sharla – you won AMSdaily’s giveaway: http://amsdaily.net/2012/06/18/look-into-someones-eyes-for-one-minute/
    Please email amsdaily@yahoo.com with your email and address as soon as possible. Thank you and congratulations!

    • catnipoflife says:

      This was such a surprise! After receiving an email message, I promptly replied. My husband and I are on vacation and will be away from home about 7 to 10 days. Hopefully, the package will be awaiting my return:>) Have a blessed day!

  3. It always makes for really fun and unique poetry when someone who typically concentrates on a different discipline begins to write! Cheers to you!

  4. lgyslaine says:

    The inspiration more often born in our guts more than in our head. Just one word sometimes and our hand, writing without interruption. So, welcome too, in my world of dream. The poet disregards the reality, then this dreamer count the stars and even imagined
    (Giacomo Bardi)

  5. Ron Lemco says:

    About you,
    I hardly know you yet there is the attachment of a friend
    We have never met but you generate a aura
    That says in spirit we are one of the same.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Thank you, Ron. Definitely friends and who knows maybe someday we shall all meet beyond the confines of our virtual world:>) Wonder if anyone has ever thought about a writers’ LinkedIn conference?

  6. soulmetry says:

    “..only the messenger from His hand to mine, from my heart to yours. . .” so beautifully put..so touching!

  7. Susan says:

    Sharla, I like your comment, “Being a mathematician by nature is a strange beginning for a writer of poetry.” That might be true of writing in general. I was a Math major and turned to writing later in life as you did. I’ve known you for a little while in cyber space and find that we have much in common. Wishing you continued success.
    By the way, what are you teaching online? If it’s writing related, let me know. :)

    • catnipoflife says:

      It is not writing related. I am a consultant with Beacon Educator and work with teachers acquiring their reading endorsement for their Florida teacher’s certificate. I do also facilitate some math courses but they are not as plentiful as the reading courses.

  8. Susan says:

    Oops–looked at your LinkedIn profile and I see that it’s reading, math and ESOL.

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  11. cristinasandru says:

    Dear Sharla, that’s a great post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts! I am honored to follow your blog and happy to read your poems. I love poetry and I am writing poetry books in Romanian language, that’s one of my passions. :)
    Your poems are deep and interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Have a nice day!
    Best regards from Romania

  12. Hey, Sharla, I wasn’t sure how to reach you directly, and I’ll probably find you and tweet to you as well. I just started as ssistant Editor for GGIS Publishing, a faith-positive publisher. I’m looking for new projects. So if you know anyone who has an idea for a bio, that’s our specialty (although mine is poetry and fiction, so I hope to see projects in those areas as well. I hope Awakenings is going well; I think I’ll use it as a reference(!) for my historical middle grade novels.

  13. Teepee12 says:

    I have given you the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, which is both the Very Versatile Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger combined. I hope you will drop by and collect your well-deserved kudos :-)

    http://teepee12.com/2013/03/10/1001-posts-and-the-dragons-loyalty-award/

  14. Chris says:

    Good afternoon Sharla I would be honored if you would join our blog hop and advertise your wonderful works with us. I am not great at this but I hope I am learning. You have so many wonderful awards I need to work at earning some too, hugs Chris

  15. MakeSomethingMondays says:

    I have been award the Wonderful Team Member Award and I am happy to be passing it on to you. Your blog inspires me, thank you!
    Visit my award post to gather the info to pass on the award.

    http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/wonderful-team-member-award/

  16. Lyn says:

    Hi Sharla, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award – please see my http://theencouragingscribe.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/sunday-morning-sunshine/ post for details.
    blessings,
    Lyn

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  18. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Sharla!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

    More on this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/blog-of-the-year-2013-award-thanks-barbara/

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