My name is actually Christine M. Grote, but I sometimes write as CMSmith, or as my Thermodynamics professor used to call me, simply CM.
I have one husband, three sons, one daughter, two daughter-in-laws, one grandson, one granddaughter, and a dog named Arthur.
In October of 2011 I published a memoir called Dancing in Heaven that I wrote for and about my sister Annie who was permanently and severely disabled at birth. In 2015, I published Where Memories Meet – Reclaiming my father after Alzheimer’s. Someday I may write about my mother who was Annie’s and then my father’s caregiver. She died in January of 2013, two weeks before my father.
I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, photography, genealogy and travel.
I began this blog on January 21, 2011. It is my public journal and all of the above is fodder for my posts. I hope you’ll join me from time to time.
A tip of the hat to my educators and employers.
Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, Ohio – May 2007)
Bachelor of Arts
Minor: Written Communications
Concentration: Women’s Studies
Excellence in Leadership Award, Gold Level
University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio – May 1979)
Bachelor of Science
Major: Chemical Engineering
President – Society of Women Engineers
Vice President – Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi
Freelance Writer (Cincinnati, Ohio – 2004 to Present)
- Wrote, edited, and self-published two books in print and e-book formats:
- Blogging at Random Thoughts from Midlife (2011 – to present)
- Published op-ed stories in local newspapers and two feature stories in a national magazine (2004 – 2008)
RED! Webzine (Cincinnati, Ohio – 2007 to 2015)
- Writer and Web Editor (Volunteer – Part-time) —Worked with a college professor to design and publish a new online magazine. Wrote feature stories; edited and posted stories with photos on web
Glenmary Home Missioners (Cincinnati, Ohio – March to August 2008)
- Assistant Director of Communications —Wrote, edited and, using Adobe InDesign, prepared copy for three newsletters; wrote feature stories for quarterly magazine; updated website using Dreamweaver
Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, Ohio – January 2005 to May 2007)
- Dateline Newspaper Editor (January 2006 – May 2006) —Coordinated efforts of student writers and assistant editors to produce a monthly newspaper
- Dateline Web Editor (September 2006 – May 2007) — Updated college web pages
- Lions-on-Line Editor (January 2005 – May 2007) —Initiated online college literary magazine and, working with a team of student editors and a faculty advisor, advertised for submissions; reviewed and selected acceptances; edited final copy, and published on website
- Writing Center Consultant (January 2005 – April 2007) — Assisted individual student clients through every stage of the writing process from idea generation to final editing for errors
Procter and Gamble (Cincinnati, Ohio – May 1979 to September 1982)
- Staff Engineer — Managed research and development projects, supervised technician, wrote bi-weekly reports for department-wide distribution detailing product development work
55 thoughts on “About”
Impressive resume. No wonder your blog is awesome!
glad you’re on wordpress…hugmamma. 🙂
Thanks for all of your comments. Regarding the comment about your mother, I also worry that I may inherit Alzheimer’s. But what can you do? I’ve told my husband and kids I don’t care if they put me in a nursing home, but they need to make sure I have a comfortable rocker-recliner.
My first time to your site and you have a couple of months on me in the Blog arena. You have some good things going on here. I plan to come back and see some more. Thank you for sharing.
I admire all that you have on your resume!
I’m glad I found my way to this page. You have much in your background to make you an interesting person, not that you wouldn’t be one anyway. I saw the photo of Annie on your most recent blog. What a sweet child. The grace in her soul emanates from her eyes. Blessing to you, Christine…
Thanks for taking the time to look around. Annie’s spirit truly was visible in her eyes and smile.
I love your new photo!
Just stopped by to say “Hi” and how much I enjoyed reading your blog.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Hi-I decided to check on you from Mark’s blog. Sounds as though you are a busy, interesting person. We have some similar interests. I am going to have to read your blog a bit further. Looking forward to it.
Just dropping in to wish you a great weekend Christine and to let you know your Sister also dropped on my my blog. 🙂 thank you.. just catching up as I’ve been away a few days..
Hi Christine.. Just to let you know your nomination is my next project.. I just completed this one in which I think you should be awarded for the Versatile Blogger Award.. Love all your different posts and I will be back time permitting later this wkend to read your old blogs on the 7 links challenge.. in the mean time your award can be found here..
Enjoy your weekend.. Sue
PS and I wont be offended either as i know these things take up lots of time if you dont follow through.. I nearly didnt..
Thanks, Sue. You’re kind. I actually did accept this award earlier this year, so I probably shouldn’t do it again. I think I will thank you and post a link to my first response.
lovely blog thought you might like to see
well done again
Thanks for stopping by my blog. The part of your bio that jumps out at me is the quote from your thermodynamics professor. Thermodynamics plays a role in my own memoir, which surely puts us at the edge of some statistical distribution, for which probably no one but me is tracking data.
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You’re welcome. I’ll probably be back.
I may not be tracking the data, but am certainly interested in your conclusions.
Hey Christine—I was thinking of you when my husband gave me an article from the Wall Street Journal (Dec 9th edition) about self publishing. It is a pretty good article. Not sure if you have to have a subscription to view it online but the title of the article is “How I Became a Best-Selling Author in a Few Easy Steps”. Page D1 . May be worth a read. If you can’t view it email me your address and I will be happy to stick it in the mail to you!!! email@example.com
Thanks for thinking of me Beth Ann. This was the day after my surgery, and I think I may have missed this boat. I can’t even remember if I found it and read it or not.
Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed.” You have a fabulous blog. I look forward to following more.
Thank you. I’m having fun with it. I will check out your blog once the dust settles here from being “Freshly Pressed.” It’s a lot of activity and emails to handle. Not that I’m complaining.
Your blog name has me intrigued.
Quite an accomplishment. But I hope it does not happen to me. One blogger reported that it took him 3 weeks just to reply to the thousands of comments just on the first or second day. Would love to see a post on how you are dealing with your fame. Should help the book too. Regards.
I’m probably going to blog about it next week. It has kept me quite occupied for the past two days.
Interesting that you switched from engineering to writing/humanities.
Whereas here I am a major in English lit. and grad. degree in library science. I have spent over 14 yrs. working in the engineering sector, so I know how different the language and type of thinking can be. (Other areas were law and government.)
But it has been a wonderful so far to learn in a multi-disciplinary way while on the job.
Yes. It was quite a transition as you know from your own experience. My transition was easy to make though because I had nearly 20 years of being a homemaker in between. Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Christine from Southampton in the UK. You have a new dedicated follower! You have also inspired me to have a go at blogging so I shall get writing…….
Thanks for following. I look forward to reading your comments, and your blog once you get it up. Good luck.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. We both gush over Spring blooms! I’m an empty nester. I see that you are a scientist by training and your career early on was in engineering. It looks like your creative spirit took over and you have been a writer. My training and early career too was in the Sciences. I guess you can say I’m into business now. My blog is my creative outlet. Like you I have opinionated opinions.
I admire people who have gone through a lot in their family. My family too is like yours in many ways. I’ve written about them. I’m looking after my dad, who has multiple health problems and advancing dementia. Yes, it’s sad to see them reduced to a shadow of who they once were. Talked about that too. Sigh! We can only just remember now, huh?
My husband and I are empty nesters too.
I’m looking forward to reading more in your blog.
I wish you well as you take care of your father.
I have been enjoying your photos and I must say that I am impressed. The images are such an art!
Thank you for spreading the joy and sending the marvels to our heart. Have a great day!:-)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck with your blog.
I don’t see an email contact for you so I’ll present my invitation here. I’d love to have you as a guest on my memoir blog Wrote By Rote. If you’d be interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to hear from you. Thanks.
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Hello Christine! Congratulations on the success of your book. It is amazing how when we write from our hearts the lives of others around the world are transformed. Thank you! Your images and sharing are truly lovely, and I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! http://bellableue.com/2012/06/11/gratitude-for-wonderful-bloggers-and-appreciation-for-awards/ Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
It looks like I missed responding to you here, although I think I did at your place. Thanks for your kind words and for the nomination. I’ve been a slacker with awards lately, but thanks for thinking of me.
I love your wry writing style! Yup…I’ll “follow” you 🙂
Thanks, Karen, for the kind words and the follow. I look forward to seeing more of your garden.
Hi Christine. Some crazy lady from Lexington named Kathy M invited me over here because I’m a fellow Cincinnatian. 🙂
Welcome. She is one crazy lady. Gotta love her. Care to say where in Cincy? Technically we’re in West Chester although we spent many years in Western Hills.
East side … actually Clermont County
I don’t get over that way very much, but it’s pretty in places if memory serves. I did a photographic slide show of the Ohio River once and ventured east. Mostly I stick to the familiar territory of the west.
Just stumbled across this. Very peaceful and enjoyable.
Thanks, Maureen. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Christine, I did not want to offer this up during your time of loss on the front page of your site but you are so deserving because you have brought so much to so many in the sharing of this site with others. I know your dad and mom, even as angels above, are proud of you. I am passing the Beautiful Bloggers Award on to you. http://reneejustturtleflight.com/2013/02/04/
Hey, I have nominated you for Shine On Award.
Do check up my blog for more info:
Hello Christine. TBM led me to your blog as I read with great interest your interview with her and also your publishing success with Dancing in Heaven. So very sorry for the loss of your sister, it must have been quite a difficult book to write as you had to revist what was a very painful time in your and your family’s life. I am attempting to write my first book, a memoir about a very tumultous time in my life from the age of 19 -21. It is essentially a love story, not saccarine sweet by any means, between my then boyfriend (he American, me English) and his subsequent battle with leukemia and death in June, 1981. I’ve wanted to write this book, which burns inside me, for 32 years. It is not an easy book to write. If you have any pointers or advice, I would so very gladly welcome them! I look forward to reading more of your blog. It looks like we have quite a few things in common! Lovely to meet you 🙂
Please forgive my delay in responding. We threw a big wedding reception/party for our son and daughter-in-law this weekend at our home, so I’ve basically dropped off the face of the earth for a while.
I think your book sounds lovely, and I encourage you to write it. It’s difficult to make a big splashing success with a self-published book, and possibly even more difficult to find a traditional publisher these days, but I think if you go into the project with realistic expectations you will be satisfied. I did not seek fame or fortune with my memoir, but only wanted to share Annie’s life to give her some kind of legacy. I suspect the same might be true for you. It would be a lovely tribute.
I believe in sharing our life stories so that we can support and learn from each other.
I also think that when you hold something so heavy to bear in your heart, even if it is years and years later, it can be quite healing to write about it.
I was surprised by my siblings reactions to my memoir, and had to write them out of it late in the process. If you are concerned about any of the people you are planning to write about, I would discuss it with them in detail early, and perhaps use pseudonyms if necessary. With our society’s emphasis on privacy these days, some people can be prickly about it. It would be a shame to land in an unpleasant controversy over a loving act like sharing your story.
Please feel free to contact me as you continue forward with your project.
Christine, many, many thanks for this great advice and for sharing your experiences with me. Firstly, though, many congratulations on your son’s wedding, I trust that the reception/party was a raging success?!
Secondly, I do very much appreciate all you say here and yes, if you don’t mind, I would very much like to keep in contact with you as I progress with the writing of my book.
Interesting you bring up about your siblings and having to write them out. There are some people I will need to write about in my book but all of Jon’s family are strangers to me now. I haven’t seen his mother, brother, sister or friends since the aftermath of his death in June, 1981. I have no idea where they are, dead/alive etc. However, they are necessary for part of my story. Do you think that it will be enough to just change their names?
Again, many thanks for your help and encouragement.
Sending you thoughts at this time, when I know family means such a Lot Happy Thanksgiving Christine, and may I send you this award It gives me great pleasure in giving you The Sister of the World Blogger Award Love and Blessings
Love and Blessings Sue xxx
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