About Me

Contact: jerrie@jerriehurd.com

I have been fascinated by stories all my life. I was ten years old, when I looked up from a book and said, “I want to make this kind of magic.” As the author of three novels, numerous short stories and essays, I’d like to think I’ve accomplished that. Although every time I read my own words, I feel like the magic has eluded me once again.  See www.jerriehurd.com

Stories are far more important than most of us realize. Memories are stories. Our lives are stories that we shape and share as we try to make sense of ourselves. In fact it is the way we both use stories and let stories define us that led to this blog where I allow myself and others to collect thoughts around that idea.

Photo of Jerrie HurdSo what’s my story? I’m working on that–literally. I’m writing a different kind of memoir, tentatively titled, JUST ABOVE BONE, that emphasizes how much family stories shaped me, and probably shape most of us without our being entirely conscious of the process. As a result I’ve been out collecting stories, my own and others, as I attempt to understand how lives and stories enter twine. It’s been a fascinating odyssey. I recommend doing the same. It will change your life.

That said, here are the essentials:

I grew up on a sheep ranch in Idaho that has been run by three generations of women. My father owned a dairy (processing plant and all) and was also a Bonneville County Commissioner, meaning I got a taste of politics. I am a graduate of University of Colorado Boulder and University of Oregon Eugene. I have taught writing at the university level and at numerous writing seminars and workshops. I am also a photographer who has had shows at various galleries including Dairy Center for the Arts and Camera Obscura. See my photo website: http://homosapiensunadorned.com I have served on various arts and museum boards including the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. I have two sons, three grandchildren, two dogs and husband I’ve been married to for a very long time. I currently live in Boulder, Colorado, in a 110-year-old house that my husband and I are constantly trying to fix up. However, if you think about it, those facts tell you less about me than the first story about reading a book and wanting to understand the magic.

So what’s your story–not the resume, the real one?

7 responses to “About Me

  1. I was born in Chicago to a poor immigrant family. I was the fifth of five children, born 6 minutes after my twin brother, Marc. It seems any available maternal attention was completely spent on the first four and I was left to my own devices from the very beginning.

  2. So glad I found your website and blog and I acknowledge you for the path you have set out on. With the shifts constantly occurring in our society, it’s even more important now to capture those stories! Keep up the good work!

  3. Love your website! I am the oldest of four children born to alcoholic parents. My mother was mentally ill and in and out of hospitals frequently. I had a loving grandmother and a Great Aunt Fannie Belle who taught me about the finer things in life. I married at nineteen to escape; became a mother a few weeks before turning twenty. After raising and educating our three daughters, I went to college myself at age 48. I din’t even know where the “on” switch was on a computer. I graduated, and went on to get my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Today I am in private practice. I also do some free-lance writing and speaking. Still happily married to my nineteen-year old boyfriend!

  4. Jerrie,
    I’ve been stumbling around blogs for just a short time, but I am sure glad to find yours! It’s wonderful, and you’re even in the neighborhood! I have been trying to find my roots through my own imagination in writing stories. I have such an “old” family (grandfather born during the Civil War) that most of the stories died before I was born. My own parents have been gone for more than 30 years, so my search has been a challenge. I have been trying to preserve as much as possible for my own children by writing a blog (rootsandwings-srr.blogspot.com). I hope you have a chance to visit.
    Your posts are so inspiring, and I look forward to visiting again. Thank you for all your insights and encouragement to continue on this quest.
    Blessing to you,
    ~Suzanne

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