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Living my personal mission statement, “Each One, Teach One,” my greatest blessing is being the mother of two, grandmother of three and a lifelong educator. A graduate of UF and UNF, I am the former principal of St. Paul’s Catholic School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and executive director of Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville.

Since retirement my avocation is now my vocation – freelance writing. The technical writing of past professional life evolved into more creative genres of poetry, short fiction and memoir. My goal is to invoke the entire spectrum of human emotions in my reader: longing to laughter, pain to promise, despair to discernment.

I recently co-authored a children’s picture book Do You Know Me? Poems About the Sea. This innovative book combines poetry and science through riddles, illustrations, facts and glossary words about marine life.

My articles are published in Jacksonville Business Journal, AARP, Guideposts and Folio Weekly in addition to Guideposts, Canticle, Grandparents Day, Family Tree, St. Augustine Catholic and Liguorian magazines.

Writing is my love. Writing is my nourishment (in addition to pizza).Writing is my joy. Writing is what I do. It defines who I am.


CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK LAUNCH Please announce the launch of our new children's book on August 4, 2020. DO YOU KNOW ME? POEMS ABOUT THE SEA is a delightful picture book that combines poetry and science in a fun and educational way. It is written by the Twinkys, a group of local women writers to promote understanding of marine life and conservation. If you have questions, you can contact me via email or phone (904)208-0032. Sincerely, Lucy Cortese

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