About Me

 As you can see I was smiling on that day of my retirement party from school.  I was content with the work that I had done and was anticipating the chance to begin writing. During the twenty-eight years that I taught and directed The Kids' Place, I wrote in children's memory books.  I surely have written more than 10,000 words. Now in retirement, I could write my own memories and stories.

My  childhood would have been a blog of traveling from relative to relative all summer long. Stories that I never wrote.  In the summer of 2013, I prepared to complete the last of my house projects and begin traveling again.  This blog was birthed to document travels, old tales, and life musings.

 When I returned to Walla Walla, I was not ready to put away the camera or the writing tools.  The travels and the blog helped solidify the possibility of a new way of life during retirement.  I have continued to write on the blog and have completed a manuscript titled Mapping the Topography of Grief - a Travel Memoir.  I was awarded a writer's residency in the San Juan Islands at the Helen R. Whiteley Center in the fall of 2016.  I walk my dog, Lizzie, volunteer with Audubon, and assist in stocking a free library of children's books at our local Department of Social and Human Services. I am also a guest columnist for the Union Bulletin newspaper.

For a current synopis of my writing visit my writer's website: kathymcconnell.net 

You can also find me on Instagram at kathy.mcconnell.505 

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 Warmly yours,
 Kathy McConnell


  1. kathy
    Thank you so much for the card!!
    Love your Boxoftales!!
    All the best ,

  2. I hope to be back in your neighborhood some day. Where are you off to this year in your travels?


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