I’m Dorothy L. Cady, author, teacher, speaker, and as my husband calls me, woodguru, because I also restore the beautiful cabinets found in vintage tube radios. For the past twenty-some years, my family and I have lived in Oklahoma, which is the longest time we have ever lived in a single state. I’m mother to two adult children that make me proud of them everyday, and have two wonderful grandchildren. My husband and I have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, so I think he’s come to accept my interesting characteristics. Also having lived in Vermont, California, Arizona, and Utah, as well as having visited various states throughout the USA, I have learned to appreciate the subtle differences in culture and dialect from state to state. My experience has shown that people in Oklahoma are consistently friendly and kind, a big influence on our choice to live in this beautiful and diverse state.
“IF YOU GENUINELY WANT SOMETHING, DON’T WAIT FOR IT—TEACH YOURSELF TO BE IMPATIENT.” ~ GurbakshChahal
As a Middle School child, I had an English teacher who encouraged me to write despite the fact that he had just given me a letter grade of C on my latest written assignment. This kind man called me to his desk after class that day and said, “Don’t let the grade I gave you discourage you from writing. The grade was mostly due to grammar and sentence errors. Those you can learn to correct. But you do have a talent for writing, and I hope you will choose to pursue that talent.”
Over the years, his words wiggled their way into my brain and began building a home. Writing soon became a huge part of my life, and I’m always excited to write about anything and everything. I started out my career by writing a procedure manual for every task I performed in my first job as an IT professional, which consisted of pulling data-laden reel tapes for an IBM 360 computer and balancing the reports the operators produced from running them. My boss was impressed with my writing, and since I had made it possible for him to hire a replacement for me without hours of manual training, he honored my request to become part of the documentation writing team for the company.
IF YOU CAN’T FLY, THEN RUN; IF YOU CAN’T RUN, THEN WALK; IF YOU CAN’T WALK, THEN CRAWL, BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.” ~ Martin Luther King
From then on I wrote and learned and learned and wrote then eventually started teaching. (I’m a firm believer in life-long learning and knowledge as the key to your best life.) To date, I have had published: greeting card verse, technical documentation, non-fiction magazine articles on various subjects, non-fiction books, fiction books, textbooks, flash fiction, Haiku poetry, and various educational pages for multiple online courses. I have co-authored multiple non-fiction books and textbooks, as well as contributed to two anthologies.
I am a president emeritus and a current member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., (OWFI); a current member of the Pen & Keyboard OWFI affiliate; co-founder and past officer of the Word Warriors OWFI affiliate, president of A Million Stories, Inc.; and vice-president of the Oklahoma Vintage Radio Collectors, Inc., for which I also contribute non-fiction and creative non-fiction articles and edit and manage the publication of their monthly newsletter.
“LET THE BEAUTY OF WHAT YOU LOVE BE WHAT YOU DO” ~ Rumi
Besides writing and teaching, I have and do still love every opportunity to present at writer’s conferences, professional conventions, club meetings, and through online courses. My husband (whose retirement hobby is repairing the inner workings of those same vintage tube radios) and I love traveling the US along with our Tabby cat, B2. (His name has its own story.) My background makes it possible for me to speak not only on most writing-related topics, including self-publishing, but also on vintage radio restoration. So, if you are interested in having me come speak to your group, please contact me for more information, or to let me know you’d like to hear from me, or for any questions you may have.
“NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.” ~ Tim Allen, Galaxy Quest (movie)
Though details and start dates are not locked down yet, I will be teaching one of several online writing courses for beginning writers that are being sponsored by OWFI and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Look for more information about that here on my website, or visit the OWFI website.