Jo Eckler, TX
Writing has followed Jo from childhood journals in Dallas to writing competitions and school newspapers to student publications at the University of Texas at Austin and to her doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Although she tried to ignore the magnetic pull of writing by focusing on her clinical work with combat veterans, trauma survivors, and nursing home residents, along with teaching yoga, her desire to write always emerged. She currently works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor with one soon-to-be published short story and more to come.
As a Story Terrace writer, Jo interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.
“Marsha St. Paul? Marsha St. Paul?” My aunt’s voice rises as she reads the beige toe tag in her hand, almost obscuring the squeak of wheels fading in the distance.
The syllables scatter my family: my mother’s best friend has teleported herself to the nurses’ station, my brother hurling his substantial self down the hallway toward the elevator.
My father, aunt, and I stand in the morning sun that fills the room, weaving on legs heavy with long nights, grief, and junk food as voices swirl around us.
I am a child of an American family with British wit. I feel a bubble. Then another. Another. Just as they become piled irresistibly close to the surface, my mother’s best friend returns, then my brother.
“I should have figured they wouldn’t take her out the front.”
The staff who come in despondent and apologetic are bewildered at our tears, flowing as we shake what is left of us with howls of laughter, savoring Mom’s final gift.
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