Mary Alexander

Mary Alexander (nee Durbin) spent nine years of her childhood in environs of
Eugene, Cottage Grove and Coos Bay.  Later, years spent as an Air Force wife
took her to Japan and Europe, multiple stateside assignments and precipitated a
yen for travel to many countries around the world. She retired from a career as a
clinical social worker, and has since devoted herself to writing.
(Winter 2014)

Mary spent her childhood in California, Oregon, Arizona and Indiana. Six months
after high school graduation she married her Hoosier boyfriend who was then
serving in the Air Force. The next twenty-plus years she was busy raising their two
sons and being a camp follower with multiple assignments in the United States,
three years in Japan, and four years in Europe. Upon her husband’s retirement
Mary returned to college at the University of Arizona. She earned her Bachelor’s
degree in Psychology and Sociology, plus a Master’s degree from Arizona State
University in Clinical Social Work. Her twenty-five years as a social worker included
two years in Tucson’s school system and five years in Child Protective Services.
She then opened her own counseling and psychotherapy practice in Sierra Vista,
Arizona for eighteen years. She declares she is now on her “fourth life” as an author
of short stories, memoirs, and three books that are pending publication. Her life has
given her abundant material for her writing.
(Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology)

Website address:  none available

Index of Groundwaters contributions:

Volume 10 Issue 2 - "Twinkle Lights" (creative non-fiction)
Volume 11 Issue 1 - "The Memory Box: A Memoir" (personal experience/memoir)
Volume 11 Issue 2 - "Pink Ribbon Summer (personal experience/memoir):
"Safeway Luggage" (fiction)

Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology: "Down in the Dump" (fiction) - page 3; "The
Durbin Line: A Memoir (personal experience/memoir) - page 57
Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology: "Nuts, Berries and Butch: A Memoir" (non-
fiction/memoir) - page 15; "A Petunia in an Onion Patch" (non-fiction/memoir) - page
88; "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service" (creative non-fiction) - page 94
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "Keeping the Home Fires” (Fiction/Life's
Lessons) - page 85; "Cara Mia" (Fiction/Life's Lessons) - page 99; "Recollections;
Momentous Events" (Non-fiction/Memories)
Groundwaters 2018: An Anthology: "Too Many Notes" (Essay/The Written Word)
- page 53; "Transformations" (The Great Outdoors) - page 60; "It's Been Great,
But..." (Life's Lessons) - page 71; "Reminiscences of a Fallen Woman" (Non-
Fiction/Life's Lessons) - page 111; "Lizard Nemesis" (Non-Fiction/Animal Friends) -
page 135
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