Storyteller, Author AND Teacher
“Family storytelling is in the blood, and the tales I’ve heard are worth keeping. Someone told me, ‘You must write those stories down.’ Along with the help of Lou Ellyn Helman, we created the book Gelsomina’s Story (2011). My background in writing was limited, but I did want to preserve family history. I would also encourage you to write down yours. Better yet, get the kids to do it with you. Share those memories on paper.
I do love to create movies, and TheZiaMia clips are entertaining and educational. Zia is the Italian word for Auntie, and I like to think that everyone is part of the family.
There are three perfect pets in my home. I have two dogs and a kitten. NoName, the biggest dog, is an excellent company once I taught him to sit and stay. Now he is perfect. Spot loves to go for walks with me and always stays nearby. He’s super with young children and loves to go. He is perfect, also. Yooper will always be my sweet little fluffy kitten. Students at the South Range Elementary School had a contest to name her. She is purr-fect.”
Kids often have questions for TheZiaMia (and sometimes adults do, too.) Check out our Kids Q & A to learn all kinds of fun facts about her!