My name is Cathy Conger.  I live with my husband, Chuck, an ER physician, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.  We have five grown children, Michael, Andrea, Peter, Rachel, and Laura. Michael is married to Kim and they have little 2 year old Katie and Andy, born 8/26/09. Rachel is married to Mike. Peter is engaged to Lindsay. They live everywhere from the west coast to Budapest, Hungary. With a background in nursing, I began a professional writing career in 1990. I published my first chapbook of poetry , In the wee small hours of the morning, in 1998. My writing credits are: work appeared in Readers Digest, Parent Life, Free Verse, Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar, Madison Magazine and in an anthology published by Zondervan for MOPS International. My poem, Build It and They Will Come, was written for the opening of the Wisconsin Rapids Performing Art Center and hangs in its lobby. In 2001 my original Christmas carol, Come to the Cradle, was published by Augsburg-Fortress, and has been performed internationally on Public Television, National Public Radio, and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services by the Chapel Choir and Orchestra of St. Olaf College. (And who knows where all since?) My first full-length play, Birthing Babies: No Job for a Woman was produced in March 2006. I was awarded the Jade Ring prize for best essay in 2006 and a second Jade Ring for best humerous poem in 2009 by the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association as well as third prize in their 2009 A.P. Nelson Feature Writing contest.

Currently I write a weekly online devotional column called D-Mail , which will be appearing on this blog each week. I have lots of UFWP (unfinished writing projects) but at the head of the list is a script I am working on for a full-length Christmas musical set in Appalachia in 1940. I see another chapbook on the horizon, and I have stacks of stories about my childhood that want to become a memoir.

When I’m not writing, visiting family, or serving at church, I love to knit and quilt, read, travel,  pursue photography, and sing in the Central Chamber Chorale. The only thing holding me back is fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I have been battling with since 1987. (see Fibromyalgia category page).