Barbara at the art gallery
Here’s why I sign my name Barbara, Bobbie, Barb, Barbie, Mom, Grandma or G’ma, and GG: I married an Army Office who brought to our marriage two beautiful little kids. After that we had two more beautiful little kids. Among them I now have five in-laws, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Some friends call me Bobbie, others Barb or Barbie. Oh, yes. And some of my cousins still call me Barbara Ann.
I grew up in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
and graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in Asheville; it’s now known as Asheville High . Maiden name: Barbara Ann Hembree.
My Bachelor’s degree in English comes from Western Carolina College (now University) and my Bachelor’s in Library Science from Mississippi University for Women. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in English from The University of West Florida I taught English at Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College).
Two of my favorite things are wild flowers and butterflies. The flowers I grow are to attract butterflies, either as host plants for caterpillars or as nectar plants for adult butterflies. I am especially fond of monarchs, so I supply the caterpillars with milkweed, the plant they lay their eggs on. Milkweed doesn’t grow profusely in Florida as it does farther north.
I spend a lot of time writing books and stories for children. My needlework projects are a thing of the past, although I do have a few unfinished ones I might get to someday.
Li River in Guilin, China
You are welcome to visit my blog, Stories a la Mode, http://barbarabockman.wordpress.com where I review children’s books and tell about my own. I also like to write about my family and our travels. I might occasionally treat you to some of my stories here on my “Stories Page.”
Check out “My Stories” page.