Writing with a purpose, seeking growth through words: Deborah Hutti moved to Charleston, Illinois, 35+ years ago. She studied English at the University of Missouri and continued her English studies at Eastern Illinois University. Passionate about education, she continued, securing her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana. With encouragement and assistance from her husband and four children, she completed a long career in education. She recently brought her first career to an end and is developing a new pathway as a writer/blogger.