by Verlie Edwards
I love decorating my home – both inside and outside. I also enjoy sharing my decorations with friends and family. I especially find Easter decorations fun to display. However, I will be the only one enjoying many of my decorations on this first Easter of the new decade.
The COVID-19 virus has altered all our activities. Even though there won’t be neighbors visiting, I decided to go ahead and decorate. At least people driving down the street will see my outdoor décor. Inside, I’ll enjoy them.
Every time I walk through my living/dining rooms, it gives me joy to see my collection of Easter eggs. Many are hand painted Pysanky eggs while others have been acquired from friends and during various shopping trips. If you aren’t familiar with Pysanky eggs, check out my previous article at www.ironbutterfliesproject.com/pysanky-eggs-add-to-the-meaning-of-easter/.
If you enjoy decorating, don’t let the current worldwide situation keep you from enjoying your collections and sharing them with others online. Let’s start a virtual tour of our Easter decorations. Visit the Iron Butterfly Project’s Facebook page and share your decorations. Hope you enjoy my decorations.
Verlie McAlister Edwards was raised in Abilene, Texas and it’s there that she realized her love for writing. She enjoyed a special high school English teacher who happened to be the school’s newspaper sponsor. In order to take another class under her, Verlie signed up for journalism and the journey began. Unlike many students, she never changed her college major – she was always focused on journalism as a career. She graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a degree in journalism and political science.
After graduation she returned to her hometown and worked as a reporter at the Abilene Reporter-News covering the local education scene from the students’ perspective. Following a year of graduate work at UNT she moved to Fort Worth where a career in public relations and political affairs flourished. She always wanted to work in academic PR and achieved that goal early in her career at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After many years providing public relations consultation to the osteopathic profession and serving as the communications director/special events fundraiser for Lena Pope Home (a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected youth) she joined the staff of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors (GFWAR) as the communications and governmental affairs director. It’s here that she found her calling and further developed her skills in the political arena.
After 11 years in that position she took her writing, political and organizational skills to serve as chief of staff for Texas State Representative Rob Orr, a past president of the GFWAR. She remained on Rep. Orr’s staff throughout his 10 years as an elected official and then served as District Director for his successor, Representative DeWayne Burns, during his first legislative session. At that time she retired from the Texas Legislature and began working part-time as curator for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams’ personal museum.
Verlie is excited to use her writing skills to help the Iron Butterflies Project as both a writer/co-creator and Editor-In-Chief.