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Biographies of Storytellers Evelyn Pearl Anderson provided the following biographical sketch: “Growing up on a Fleming County, Kentucky, farm, I had only one dream and that was to be a nurse. However, my development as a potential artist was already beginning. I was influenced by the colors of nature that surrounded me on the farm and by working with my mother on dress design and sewing projects. When I reached high school I found myself as the one schoolmate called on to design posters for events. I still didn’t think of myself as an artist. I fulfilled my dream and became an RN in 1961. A nursing career, marriage to my husband, Carlos, and raising a family of three kids kept me busy. “When I returned to school at Campbellsville College I found myself wondering about art, Could I do it? Well, I majored in social work but minored in art. For a short time after graduating from Campbellsville College in 1977, I worked in acrylics and oils. I enjoyed some recognition but many other interests and responsibilities relative to church, family, completing an MSW [master of social work] degree with a gerontology concentration, [and a] career in nursing and health care management and teaching took over. Consequently I laid my paintbrushes aside for thirty years. “After a serious illness that ended my full-time nursing career, I began writing prose and poetry, which led to my first published book, Journey with the Wind (2003). Then in 2009 a new dream took hold of me since I was a watercolor artist. I registered in a watercolor workshop, studied books and CDs, and got a bit of private instruction. Watercolor painting began to flow from me, along with poems and short stories. Thus Pearl’s Poetry of Watercolors was born. “I had written three additional books that were published by 2009. Two of them were memoirs, with titles Daylite’s A-Comin’ and Knitted with Love. The first was about me being a student nurse in a hospital school of nursing. The second is about a collection of handwritten entries made while on six short-term mission trips to southwestern Russia. I often refer to this as the book of my heart. Patterns of Grace was the last book published. It is a book that contains poetry of aging, which could be seen as a book of my life’s work. 256 Biographies of Storytellers “I delight in capturing through written word or paint a bit of the beauty that God surrounds us with every day, whether it is a flower, a sunset, water falling, or an open field with grazing cattle. I truly feel it is a blessing to learn one’s gift after seventy years of age. “My husband, Carlos, and I live in London, Laurel County. We enjoy our three children and five grandchildren, two in London and three in Jakarta, Indonesia.” Teresa Fryman Bell stated, “I started nursing when I was nineteen and went to Appalachian School of Nursing, which is now known as Central Kentucky Bluegrass Tech College, which is located in Lexington. I am originally from a little Harrison County town called Berry, located fifty or seventy miles north of Lexington. I have four other siblings, but I was the only one to go to college. “I recently graduated from Everest University online with an associate ’s degree in medical billing and coding. I worked full-time and maintained a 3.86 [grade point] average. I did this to show my children that regardless of our age we can do anything we put our minds to. “My father’s name was Marvin Fryman and my mother’s name was Geneva Sue Fryman. My father had a full scholarship to play basketball when he graduated from high school but his father refused to let him go because he was needed on the farm. My father decided that he would never deny any of his children to go to college. We were very poor while growing up, but at the time we didn’t know that because we had a lot of love in our home and our parents taught us values that I have taught my children. “I started working to pay for my own gas to and from school, worked as a nurse’s aide, and then babysat while going to nursing school. If we wanted something we had to work for it because things are just not given to you. I wish my...


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