Thrilled to be back in Texas again as of fall 2013, Barbara (Babs) had time to develop her writing skills while living in Oklahoma for over five years because she was snowed or iced in for long periods of time. She earned her BFA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Maryland in 1974 while living in Germany. She completed her Teaching Certificate at Sam Houston State University and taught art and English in public and private schools to students in grades 1-12. She has also taught drawing to adults.

A studio painter and printmaker, Barbara enjoys writing about color on her blog She is active in an artists’ group in Fredericksburg and also displays her art work at Dan Pfeiffer’s contemporary gallery and at wineries in the area. So far, Barbara’s memoirs have been published in these anthologies and books: Celebrating Christmas with Memories, Poetry and Good Food, Falling in Love with You, Holiday Cookbook: Country Comfort: 100 Recipes to Warm the Heart and Soul, Let the Crow's Feet and Laugh Lines Come, Miracles of Kindness in a Modern World, Patchwork Path: Treasure Box, and Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America.

Her poetry has appeared in: Dog and Cat Tales by Flatrock Press, and Crucible by Barton College Press.

Barbara’s son lives in Houston, TX, and her daughter and son-in-law live in Rockwall, Texas. Her only grandchild will graduate soon from UT-Dallas. Paul Loyd, her husband, has recently gotten involved in writing fiction and looks forward to having more writing time after retirement in 2015. They have three dogs who sometimes are subjects in Barbara’s prose and poetry.


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