About The Hermit
Hello! And welcome to my web-blog!
My name is Theresa Doyle-Nelson (most people know me Theresa Nelson, however). I call myself a writer, and have written much in the past 20 years or so. However, I really write only part-time. Sometimes I refer to it as a hobby ... because I still like/need to invest a fair chunk of time into family.
But, when the house is quiet and settled, writing is what I like to do. I enjoy the whole process: reading, researching, writing, revising, revising some more, double-checking facts, and then writing and revising some more.
My professional background is actually in education and I do have seven years of teaching elementary school under my belt (and a bit of substitute principal-ing; my master's degree is in Educational Administration). Teaching was great as a single young woman, but too draining as a mother. It took up too much energy and time, and I felt like other people's kids were getting my best energy with my own kids getting leftovers. Just didn't feel like a God thing.
I grew up in the often-chilly, but very pretty Rochester, NY area (my mother and all four of my siblings are still there!) and attended a great University just a few hours away - St. Bonaventure University. I loved the Franciscan spirit there and have many wonderful memories. After graduating in 1981, I moved to Brownsville, Texas to teach 5th grade.
After a few years in Brownsville, I moved to San Antonio to teach 1st Grade. Through a Newcomers Get-Together at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, I had a chance meeting that really changed my life. While chatting with another young teacher, we compared backgrounds and realized that her brother and I had known each other in college! I remembered Chad as being a good and decent man. Long story short, the following summer, Chad and I were married (July, 1985).
Chad was an active duty Marine and I loved moving around and seeing so many different places: Virginia, California, Alabama, Italy, Rhode Island, and then California again for a second tour. In 2000, Chad retired and we moved to the Texas Hill Country. As much as I loved living in so many places, it has been very nice to be settled.
Chad and I have three sons, two daughters-in-law and three precious grandchildren.
Saints in Scripture
I have also written for a variety of Catholic resources including:
St. Anthony Messenger
National Catholic Register
If you'd like to see some of my articles, click on the "Articles" tab above.