In between school car-pools and planning Halloween parties, I started out writing professionally as a free-lance reporter for Pioneer Press Newspapers in the Chicagoland area. It was a rewarding opportunity to use a different area of my brain. Surprisingly though, when they offered me a full-time job, I turned it down. The time wasn’t right.

Eventually, I did take a full-time job with Legacy.com. This is the company which hosts obituary pages for newspapers, literally, around the world. No, I didn’t write the obituaries, but I was intrigued by a medium which helped people connect on a global scale; a still relatively new concept in 2007. So, I gravitated into customer service management.

After moving from Chicago to Florida’s Space Coast, I began the blog to hold onto the stories and situations I was now facing helping my elderly mother. I had hopes of creating a communal platform with tips and helpful conversations about coping with an aging parent. But I got cancer instead. I decided to write about that. Life loves throwing a curveball which is probably why I stick to non-fiction. There is more than enough of the crazy situations, coincidences, drama and surprises in real life – more than I could ever conjure up.

One of my non-fiction essays was recently published in Story Circle Network’s 2022 “Real Women Write” Anthology available on Amazon. I have many more stories to tell.

Want to reach out? My email is shareastory@leavingthedooropen.com.

Twitter: @opendoorstories

Melanie McGauran ©