I’m Jean ValJean.
Um, not really. I just like the music of Les Miserables.
I am Mary Rexer-Bluhm, or just Mary Rexer to you, blog readers, because they tell me a hyphenated name in the blogosphere is a no-no. Anyway Rexer is easy to remember, right? It’s a palindrome… spelled forward and backward the exact same way: R-E-X-E-R, R-E-X-E-R. Now if only my name were Bob or Ava or … which would make me a double palindrome but no such luck. I leave that to my sister, Nan.
Other than the quirk of my last name I’m a pretty regular Mary. I am lucky to have inherited a happy and positive outlook in life from my Mom. My Dad gave me his big eyes and long lashes and maybe a an inch too much of nose. He was also the kindest man I knew. Those two loved each other for 45 years.
I have a Masters degree in Counseling and have worked as a cancer research administrator since 1987 at a big 10 university. My dream, though, is to become a writer. A WRITER. Yes, indeedy. This blog is my way of exploring the stories I have within me, putting them on “paper”, i.e. the blog in hopes that, with my own unique voice, I can create something enjoyable and – dare I hope – profound fiction. I have also finished my first novel, Eight Years Between, and hope to find an agent and publisher in the near future.
I am married to a wonderful man, have two pretty cool stepkids and my love for my great nieces spans the boundlessness of infinity. I have a core group of dear, dear friends from my college days at Michigan State and we tumble through life together. My family, stalwart and true, are the loves of my life.
I am one of the very lucky ones.
You can find me on facebook at maryrexer.com and also on twitter: @maryrexer