A Little About Me…

I am a NOLA (New Orleans, LouisianA) woman living in Alabama (with my family).  I am a wife, a mommy, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin and a friend.  I teach composition and literature at a small liberal arts university.  As a mini-poster on my office door indicates, “I love my job.  It gives me something to do when I’m not having fun.”  Of course, I’d rather have fun all day.  Wait.  I sound like my son.  Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I’m not sure I’d survive a world without books and paper.  I enjoy making (simple–digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography. I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks.  I love, love, love words and music and poetry and teddy bears and Apple (Mac, iPad, iPhone, software–you name it), quotations and sacred texts and letters and postcards and pretty things in general.

I live the “life of the mind” in my “real” life, so I’ll be using this blog as an escape, to “not think too much.”  I’ll be sharing with you wonderful things I receive via snail mail (postcards mainly) AND beautiful, interesting, strange, wild things I capture with my camera.  I love, love, love studying photographs, stamps, mail art, art journals, doodles, typography, children’s art, art-in-general.  Why am I telling you this?  Because every now and then, I’ll also point to relevant pages I find around the world wide web.   I am using this blog to keep my head in the clouds or in the sand–whichever you prefer.  I have opinions, yes.  Strong ones, in fact.  But I prefer to limit sharing those with people I communicate with “in the flesh.” Also, I love people in general, so please reserve discriminatory or inflammatory speech for forums that welcome such.

Feel free to comment or reach out to me via the contact form below.


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  1. I just moderated your comment on my blog. Came to see yours. I read your post about the passing of your beautiful sister. I lost my sister to cancer almost seven years ago. I know and feel your pain.
    I searched your blog for tell-tale signs of familiarity and wonder what lead you to my blog. There are none. I’m feeling like you are that dove that fell from the sky and landed in my garden. I’m feeling a bit emotional about it, you know, people cross our path for a reason…..Even if it’s just to remind us of what’s important.
    You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss you are experiencing. It’ll get easier with time but it’ll never be the same. God bless you and your family.

    • I can tell you how I “found” your blog, but I like your explanation better. No really. Here’s the story. You are a “Liberate Your Art” participant and one of your postcard recipients provided a link to your blog. Since I’m a serious photo addict, I had to check out your blog.

      I do appreciate your kind words and encouragement regarding my sister. I always feel a little better after talking with people who already have some experience walking this path. Although a link sent me to your blog, there was certainly a larger purpose than a feast for my photo addiction.

      Hugs to you!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow

  3. Your blog is BEAUTIFUL. I fully support your love for all things Apple!
    The comments from other bloggers are so thoughtful. I’m looking forward to joining this community. EMM

  4. Chandra i just saw that you received on of my postcards from the Liberate Your Art Swap. I’m so happy to know where it landed and am thrilled that you like it. (Yours is the only one I know what happened to – i was beginning to think they were all lost!) Thank you again for posting for the blog hop so i could know.

    • Polly! I love card! I’m happy you found at least one posted! I’ve been a LYA participant for 3 years and have yet to see any of mine through a blog hop. Maybe, next year! 😉

  5. I want to say a much-belated (yet still relevant) “thank you” for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written (even more when they respond).

    While I write regularly about faith and mental illness, I’m also known to dabble in other subjects, stories, even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.

    I appreciate what you have going here. I share your interests in faith and literature and look forward to reading more of your blog in the days to come.

    • You are most welcome. I rarely comment on blog posts, because I’m usually reading on the go, stealing a moment here and there. I do appreciate your blog. It’s so important to discuss faith and mental illness. For so long, people thought mental illness indicated a lack of faith–and I imagine some people still feel this way–so it’s imperative that we speak openly about the experience of faith, mental illness, healing. Thank you for doing so…

  6. Hi Chandra! Thank you for interacting with me through my blog. I am grateful that you did. I came over to read your about me page and as I finished I spotted your New Bloggers Award! As a new blogger I was nominated also. It’s a pleasure to meet you and I’m excited to follow you! Have a great day! Please stop by and enter my first giveaway! 🙂

  7. Chandra, thank you so much for your beautiful Beaver Creek Forge postcard that I received a few days ago (sorry, I was sick for a couple days). Looks like a fun place to stumble upon. Happy Summer!

  8. Hi Chandra Lynn, I just returned from sailing in the Bahamas to receive your fantastic postcard in the swap. I am a lover of black and white photos so I really appreciate this one! It’s exquisite. I will be doing a blog post soon on sherrygaley.com but since I just got back it may take a bit of time. I wanted you to know that I received your beautiful card and will treasure it. Sherry

    • I must have missed your comment way back in April??? Thanks for dropping by and letting me know you received the postcard. I’ll be visiting your blog today!

  9. Hi Chandra! Nice to meet you! Thanks for the follow! Gosh~ you and my husband are alike. He is an Apple fan. 😀

  10. What a beautiful magnolia! So you are a painting artist, too!:)

    • Thank you! Unfortunately, I’m not a painting artist. The image above is a photo post-processed in Photoshop. I promised myself that one day I will take a few art classes.

  11. Hi Chandra-I saw no where else where I could contact you. I wanted to thank you for the BEAUTIFUL postcard I got from you in LYA 2017. It is an altered photo of a vibrant blue/purple flower against gold. I am so honored to receive it. God Bless.
    Debra Fillingim

    • Why am I just seeing this? 🙂 Thank you for letting me know you received it. I had so much fun “crafting” different looks of the same flower.

  12. You have a great blog and I am sure I will have a good time here. Will see you around NOLA 🙂

  13. Dear Chandralynn, this time it worked to be part of the lovenotes-project, so much fun, so much joy! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Sorry for the Nonsenses the correcting Programm Produces…


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