This book is filled with wonderful, and humorous, memories of the author's summer residency in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A place that provides the feeling of home. A place that brings forth an emotion that burrows deep inside and never leaves. Anyone who lives in, loves, and visits the Adirondacks understands what that means and, have recollections of their very own. The Other Half of Me will bring a nod, a smile, maybe even a chuckle, to you. In a region so vast, the adventures, memories and observations are, in the scope of things, very compact. Because of that, lovers of this gorgeous place connect through them. This book is an example of that fact.
About the Author
Mary A. Paladin was born in the Susquehanna River Valley of central Pennsylvania. She spends her summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. These two scenic regions have provided her with an enormous appreciation of nature’s beauty. An only child of a Scottish immigrant mother (who was thrilled to become a naturalized US citizen!) and a first generation American/Italian father, she celebrated in a family proud of its heritage. Prouder still were they, to be Americans. Being raised in a home filled with love, pets, art, books and music, enabled her to develop a wide array of interests and abilities. Along with those experiences were lessons teaching respect for life and all it had to offer. As a young adult she freelanced in the fashion and cosmetic industry, affirming the basis of her upbringing that "true beauty comes from within". In her thirties she became a wife, a mother and she started a retail business blending her artistic painting with giftware and home furninshings. It gave her the flexibility to care for her small child and aging parents. Nearly twenty years later her business was destroyed by fire. She decided it was time to change directions and return to her love of the written word and still use her love of art in illustrations and paintings. Her child is grown and her parents have passed from this world. She is grateful for every moment she has had to experience what life can hold. Whether that moment is joyful or sad, it is a gift that she will continue to gather and share with others. She enjoys life with her husband and their daughter in a home filled with love, pets, books, art and music.
Art has always been an essential part of my life. At the age of two and a half I began drawing, in some detail, with crayons, on anything I could- including my bedroom wall. When I was four I received my first set of “real” watercolors from a relative in Europe- that inspired the animals I painted on the back of my closet door and, it was just the beginning! I was not a mischievous child by any means; I just wanted to “make pretty things”. My parents always understood.
I paint everyday if possible, whether I am at my winter home in central Pennsylvania, or my summer "camp" in the Adirondack Mts. of New York. I share my life with my husband, my daughter, our four cats and our one dog- all of whom have been subjects of, or instrumental in, my passion…
I was born, and still live, in the Susquehanna River Valley of central Pennsylvania. I spend my summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. These two scenic regions have provided my with the appreciation of nature’s beauty.
Being raised in a home filled with an abundance of love, pets, art, books, and music enabled me to develop a wide array of interests and abilities. Along with those experiences were lessons teaching respect for myself, for others and, for life in general.
As a young adult I freelanced in the fashion and cosmetic industry, affirming the basis of my upbringing: that beauty need truly be within.
In my thirties I became a wife, a mother, and I started a retail gift business incorporating my artistic painting abilities on giftware. This gave me the flexibility to care for my small child and my aging parents.
Nearly twenty years later my business was destroyed by fire. I decided it was time to change directions and return to my love of the written word, yet still use my love of art as well, in illustrations.
My child is grown and my parents have passed from this world. I am grateful for each moment that I have had to experience what life can hold. Whether those moments are joyful or sad, they are a gift which I will continue to gather and share with others.
I write nearly every day. There is always good "material" happening in my life which I share with my husband and my daughter, in a home filled with an abundance of love, pets, books, art and music.