After about 33 years in the newspaper industry, I retired as a reporter two years ago. Since then , I have freelanced - first for a weekly newspaper in Greenville, S.C., and now for Furman University. I can't imagine my life without writing, reading and photography. I spend a lot of time with my 97-year-old mother, who lives in an apartment in a retirement community in Brevard, N.C. In addition, I enjoy traveling and learning new things.