A Memoir about How I Made a Road
Jill Loree grew up in a singing Lutheran family that looked pretty good on the outside. But inside, issues with alcohol, control and neglect would blot out the truth of who she was. Until one day, she discovered her own spiritual path and started finding a better way.
Her journey would walk her through the healing waters of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. Her spiritual path would lead her to create a whole new life.
What she learned along the way was that she needed to let go: of old hurts, of expectations, and ultimately, of limitations.
This is the story of her life. Sharing it, wrapped gently in humor, is her gift.
From Proverbs and Tiny Songs
You walking, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing else;
there is no road, walker,
you make the road by walking.
By walking you make the road,
and when you look backward,
you see the path that you
never will step on again.
Walker, there is no road,
Only wind-trails in the sea.
– By Antonio Machado (1875–1939), translated by Robert Bly
WALKER: A Memoir about How I Made a Road
247 pages / $4.99 ebook / $12.99 paperback
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1968–1971 (Kindergarten to age 7)
Kindergarten Report Card (1968)
Pete, Jeff, Jill (1967)
Jill and Mom at Christmas (1970)
Family Dinner (1967)
Thompson Family (1967)
Jill’s Letter to Santa (circa 1968)
Butterchords: Daddy Sang Bass (Music)
Butterchords: Preacher and the Bear (Music)
Butterchords: Just Looking (Music)
1971 (Third Grade, age 8)
Third Grade Class Photo (Me, bottom right)
1972 (Fourth Grade, age 9)
1973 (Fifth Grade, age 10)
Jill (Wearing clothes she sewed herself, including hat)
1974 (Sixth Grade, age 11)
1975 (Seventh Grade, age 12)
1976 (Eighth Grade, age 13)
1977 (Freshman, age 14)
1978 (Sophomore, age 15)
Newspaper Clipping: Brother Goose (Theater)
1979 (Junior, age 16)
Newspaper Clipping: The Butler Did It (Theater)
Jill (age 16): The Way We Were (Music)
Jill (age 16): My Favorite Things (Music)
Jeff (age 19): I Got Plenty of Nothin’ (Music)
Pete (age 18): Old Man River (Music)
Thompson Family (1979): Irish Blessing (Music)
1980 (Senior, age 17)
Newspaper Clipping: 1984 (Theater)
1981 (UW-EC Freshman, age 18)
Mom is a Dreamer by Jackson (circa 2003)
Jesus Tree at Sunrise (Oct 2015)
Jill and Scott Wisler (2018)