Alice holds a Bachelors degree in English, Creative Writing with a minor in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida. She enjoys blogging (whatgoddoes.com) and video editing (youtube.com/alicespicer) about spirituality. A vocalist for the band, Tangent (facebook.com/thatsTangent), Alice lives in Orlando, FL. You can read more about her interest in the creativity of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias here.
Marie E. W. Davids loves stories. She loves to read mystery novels any chance she gets – an interest she developed later in life, after discovering the “pure pleasure of reading a good story.” She also loves to read with and to her class of second-graders. As a teacher, she believes that giving kids continual experience of reading and hearing stories is one of the greatest gifts she can give. So, read to them and provide them with books that tell good stories she does – every day – in the classroom.
Besides loving stories, Marie has an interest in the elderly and experience in working with them. Earlier in her career, she worked for a time as an aide in a nursing home, providing care for residents and interacting with them, getting to know them as persons, listening to pieces of their life stories. When her own parents needed care, she took them into her home and took care of them. In caring for her dad, she experienced the daily challenges of caring for a person with dementia, observing firsthand the ways dementia steals the memory and cognition of a person, making him different from the person he once was, though still a “lovely person with something to give.”
Marie’s life currently is centered on her vocation as a teacher. She also enjoys being home with her best pal and cohort, Mary, and their part-Siamese “baby doll,” SweetPea.
High on the list of sources of pride and joy for Marie is her five kids, nine grandkids, and growing (soon to be four) group of great-grands. There is no expressing her pride is being the mother of the Director of Alzheimer Chronicles, Inc., Alice Spicer. “That my daughter is investing her talents and time in helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to express themselves creatively and to have their voices heard by others is so wonderful. I am proud and pleased – and excited to be a part of this worthwhile work.”
Terry Ann Thaxton, Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, has an MFA in English from Vermont College. Her first book of poems, Getaway Girl (Salt, 2011) won the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize, and her second book of poems, The Terrible Wife (Salt, 2013) was awarded the 2013 Florida Book Award–Bronze Medal. Her textbook Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide (Bloombury 2014) is a result of more than a decade of work, training college students to provide creative writing opportunities to community members who might not have the means to attend fee-based classes. She and her students have worked with alternative populations throughout Florida, including homeless shelters, nursing homes, treatment facilities, public schools, prisons, and domestic violence shelters. She lives near Orlando with her husband, who is also a writer, and their dog.