Barbara (Babs) Loyd is thrilled to be back in Texas again. While living in Oklahoma forover five years, Barbara had time to develop her writing skills when she became snowed or iced in during a good part of her years there. She received support and encouragement from her fellow WOWs while in absentia from the Lone Star State.

In 1974, while living in Germany, Barbara earned her BFA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Maryland. She completed her Teaching Certificate at Sam Houston State University and taught art and English in pubic and private schools to students in grades 1-12 during her career. She has also taught drawing to adults.

She is active in one of the oldest artists' groups in Fredericksburg. She currently displays her art work at Texas Tech University and at Urban Herbal Galleries in Fredericksburg. In addition, Rivers' Edge Gallery in Kerrville, Texas, exhibits her paintings. Barbara wrote articles and conducted interviews with seventeen art galleries in Fredericksburg in 2016, for The Fredericksburg Guide. 

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: The Raven Chronicles: Laugh, Laugh, Laugh Issue; Dog and Cat Tales published by Flatrock Press; and Crucible published by Barton College Press as well as in The Best of Kindness 2017.

Most of Barbara's kin live in Texas. Her son lives in Houston and her daughter and son-in-law live in Garland, Texas. Her only grandchild graduated from UT-Dallas. Paul Loyd, her husband, aspires to write fiction and looks forward to having more writing time after his retirement. They enjoy the antics of their two dogs and one cat. These critters are sometimes subjects in Barbara's prose and poetry.

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