About Me

Tina Gutierrez Arts photography 18 (1)I am a writer, teacher and volunteer children’s literacy tutor from Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m also a certified guided autobiography instructor from the James E. Birren school of Autobiography. I will be teaching a course this fall at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), and serve on the board of the Chautauqua Women’s Club (Chautauqua Institution).

I love talking with strangers, playing with dogs (especially my dog), knitting scarves that I’ll never wear, and researching ad nauseum anything that I don’t know about but think that I would want to or should know about.

I’m the kind of person who talks to people anywhere: elevators, post offices, grocery stores, as in “Those pears look good, what do you think?” Why live in your own little world, when you can step out of it and meet someone new every day? If you just try a little you can get a different perspective—just by talking with a stranger.

I created this Blog, Strangers I Have Known, to tell you about who I have met along the way. So, I hope you will take this journey with me. Tell me your thoughts, share your Strangers I Have Known stories. I’m looking for stories about talks with strangers that have inspired you, helped you, taught you. I hope you won’t be a stranger.

10 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Loved your story about the man who looked like David Cassidy. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. Having coffee at Cafe Beignet on Royal Street, and thinking of you.

  3. What an interesting blog, Melissa! I enjoyed your lamp store story!
    Like you, I talk to people everywhere and I often get story (and character) ideas from my conversations with strangers. 🙂

  4. Steve Cohn said:

    Hi Melissa,

    I attended ETHS and graduated in 1981. I’m Steve Cohn; perhaps you will remember me. Thanks.

  5. Interesting Bio. I found out about you through OLLI. I cannot take the class due to scheduling issues but I will be ordering your book. I am a people person as well. Thank you for your stories.

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