Brief Bio

Background — I grew up reading, dreaming, and adventuring in a rural county in NNY (one of only 3 in NYS where the cows outnumber the people) as the oldest of 5 kids and the daughter/granddaughter of teachers and farmers and intelligent do-it-yourself people. After attending Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY for 2 years, I transferred to Wheaton College in Illinois, graduating from there with my B.A. in English in May 2013. In 2014-2015, I spent roughly a year living in rural South Korea as a visiting member of the Dandelion Community, which experience you can read more about here. After returning from Korea and working as a Challenge Course Instructor at the best camp on earth in the Adirondacks for one last summer, I spent six weeks and 8,000 miles gallivanting across the country and back in my faithful Subaru Outback in the Fall of 2015. I then worked & lived in the lovely Hudson Valley Region with my dog, Finley, for a little over a year; most recently, I had the privilege of participating in a Multifaith Summer Institute program at Stony Point Center in Summer 2017.

Currently — I’m based back in the North Country for the fall. After that, I plan to hit the road once more!

Professionally — If I could make a living by writing/practicing some kind of creative artistic profession involving words, that’d be ideal. I’m 26-years into a lifelong search for my true vocation, and I’ve still got a long way to go. For now, this quote from one of my all-time favorite literary characters will suffice to speak for me on the subject: “I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people KNOW more…but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me…to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.” –Anne (Anne’s House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery)…And also this: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)

Personally — “Let the beauty we love be what we do…” (Rumi) For further information, read my blog(s) or contact me: rkpuddington@gmail.com.

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