Hi!  I’m Therese Kay, Writer and Photographer. Welcome!

1. What is this place?

This is my little corner of the internet where I discuss photography, writing, and health!
Why would I talk about health too?  I’ll let you in on a little secret - I have health issues of the chronic variety.  Which ones?  Well, tests will tell, but in the meantime, I’m doing my best to keep myself as healthy and happy as possible!

2. Are you Theresa Kay?  You know, the Young Adult Sci-Fi author?

Nope, but here’s a link to her website: www.TheresaKay.com.  My name is spelled with a silent e at the end.  It rhymes with Denise.  "Therese"  If that’s too hard, just call me Terri, with an i.

3. What’s in this for me?

I’m so glad that you asked!  Hopefully, lots!  I love to write inspiring and creative posts designed to entertain and inform you!  Here you will learn a bit about writing, reading, children’s development, photography, life in general, and chronic health topics.
You may have stumbled upon my blog  from any number of places -
and Google, if I’m doing this right!  

4. I want to stay in touch.  How can I do that?

See the above!  But, you can also sign up for my newsletter!  There's also a sign up at the top of the sidebar on the right.

5. What do you like to write?

I love writing for children. I have about 4 children's book manuscripts in process and one is about ready to shop out. I have written training documentation for adults for nearly a decade, which I also enjoy.

6. What is the funniest thing a kid ever said to you?

The funniest?  How could I possibly decide?  I have few.
  • I know what’s wrong with you, Miss Kay!  You have a monster in your belly!  (This charming kindergartner heard me try to discreetly burp.  I guess I failed at the discreet part!)
  • “My favorite word is eyebrows,” said a young three year old as he tried to join into an adult conversation.
  • “It’s not a tootsie-roll!” exclaimed a four year-old who went over to sniff the “mysterious” brown lump on the rug.
  • “Why aren’t you like all the other adults?” asked my 8 year old nephew.  (Good question, Corey.  I wonder that myself sometimes!)

7. What is it about photography you enjoy?

I love the joy of capturing a moment of time, a slice of joy, a vision of beauty. My interests here are not narrow.  I love creating images that capture the relationship or emotion of the subject(s) or the beauty of the location.  I also love to challenge myself to find and capture the beauty in the everyday around me.  To me, photography is akin to spirituality.  Truly.  I seek joy, beauty, connection, awe, and gratitude.  If that isn’t an aspect of spirituality, I’d be hard pressed to say what is!

8. Do you have a favorite image?

That’s like asking me my favorite quote.  I have several.  But I have one that evokes some of the deepest emotions I possess.  It is an image of my nephew Trevor as a baby holding his Mama Judy’s hand.  Mama Judy is my sister who died in a car accident when Trevor was only 8 months old.  You can see why this image has such a powerful hold on my heart.  To me, it is the essence of photography.  This blog post contains that image and another favorite image as well as a little more about them.

9. Do you have a special reading memory?

I do!  I think I was in third grade.  I remember spending the entire day sprawled across my bed reading Charlotte’s Web.  It was the first time I read a book of that length cover to cover in one day.  I was completely entranced!

10. You mentioned a chronic illness.  What’s that all about?

Oh, my!  What an exciting and complex question!  I'm so much better now than when I began this blog!  It took multiple doctors and tests to figure it all out and I'm not sure how accurate everything was.  I suffered from chronic and persistent fatigue, body aches, brain fog, and mal-absorption/digestive issues. I treated for Lyme Disease with a complex regimen of antibiotics and supplements for several years. I'm mostly doing better though I still have my days where it's tough going.
I had to be and continue to be very pro-active and do what I can to keep myself functioning as best I can.

11. What Do You Think Caused It?

Hmm…  let’s see…  Chronic stress?  Poor health habits?  A tick bite?  Or a special combo!
Have you ever watched someone you love very much suffer with a long-term illness that severely affected not only her quality of life, but yours too?  I have. My mother suffered for years with intestines that got fried from radiation she had received for cervical cancer.  This led to many life and death episodes which eventually led to an intestinal transplant full of complications (If you are not an organ donor, please consider it!).  Four years after that, her body finally gave up. That’s enough to stress anybody out.  It also happens to be why I am so fanatic about trying to take care of my own health - especially anything related to my intestines.  And, if current research is accurate, almost anything related to our health stems from our intestines!

12. Anything else we should know about you?

Well, I can quote almost every line from The Princess Bride.  And I tell really corny jokes.  And I repeat them.  My grandfather used to do that.  So did my Mom.  The joke thing, not quoting from The Princess Bride.
Oh, and I used to have a really fat cat named Chaser who was my sidekick.  She thought she’s all that and a bag of kibble and often showed up on my blog posts (like here and here), my Facebook page (Therese Kay Creative ), in the photo at the top of this page and anywhere else she could think of to insert herself.  She tried to insist I write a children’s book about her, but that remains to be seen. She did however model for me quite a bit.  She was not shy... or skinny.  Did I mention she thought she was all that and a bag of kibble too?

13. Do you have a mission statement?

Sure!  It's really the same for my photography or writing and perhaps extends to my freelance instructional design as well.
My mission is to create the highest quality of written or photographed content of which I am capable in order to inspire the reader or viewer's imagination, growth, and sense of beauty or humor. My life view of God as creator and lover of humankind infuses all that I create.

14. Want to hire me?

Check out my Hire Me Page!

15. What should I do now?

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