Author Bio

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental health care reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services (specifically Medicare) and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA inspector to include superfund sites. Full time caregiver to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternative, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).

101 Responses to Author Bio

  1. tonyroberts says:

    Sheri,

    I’m just getting back into the blogging business after a hiatus. I’m glad to see you are still advocated for those who often go unnoticed. I look forward to reading more of your work and hope you’ll drop in to see mine some time.

    Blessings,
    Tony

  2. Hi Sheri–I got your question on my blog pages, but the email doesn’t work. Do you have a different email address I can answer at? Feel free to contact me through askatechteacher@gmail.com Thanks!

  3. God is Good says:

    Thank you for stopping by and reading. You look like you are a very active participant in making life better for others 🙂
    Many blessings … God is Good!

  4. Vlad Zaycev says:

    Hey! You have very interesting blog. Well Done! I’m glad to see you in my blog too, if you like music or fashion. I play the guitar and your blog is good! 🙂

  5. AinaBalagtas says:

    One of the best things that happened to me in 2014, was finding the amazing woman in you that I will always be always proud to look up to. Thank you for the inspiration, Sheri! And God bless you!

  6. Thank you Sheri for joining up with us it is appreciated, I look forward to sharing with you again.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  7. Joel says:

    Thanks for checking in, Sheri! God bless you.

  8. Thank you do very much for the advocacy you do for mental health care reform and health care strategyl.

  9. Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written (and even more as they respond).

    I write primarily about faith and mental illness, but I’m also known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.

    I appreciate what you have going here and particularly am grateful for your mental health advocacy. I pray you are blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.

    Gratefully,
    Tony Roberts

  10. huntmode says:

    Sheri, I’ve written about you just now. I cited you as one of three people I would want to know the answers to four questions. No obligation, but the questions are good… Come and read my praise of you, http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2014/05/21/the-rabbit-had-it-right-i-am-late-for-a-very-important-date/ HuntMode 🙂

  11. pnissila says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I have a few siblings who were in the military, one recently retired from the Air Force, and at the start of every term in the community college where I teach, as I am asking around for who’s a first term student here, who is returning to school after years, who has a family, etc., I always ask if there are any current military or veterans and I thank them publicly for their service. As you can imagine, these days, I read about more and more PTSD issues in their narrative and descriptive papers. I am humbled by what many go through and have gone through. Some of those stories I will never forget.
    Blessings, and I look forward to your upcoming posts.

  12. Reagan K Reynolds says:

    My husband is currently working with health care reform as well. How interesting that you were a buyer for B&N! I am sure that was an eye-opening experience.
    Thank you for offering your support and comments on my post. I am so thankful for anyone willing to lend their voice as I consider how to navigate between my scholarly efforts and my creative writing.
    Warmly,
    Reagan

  13. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Sheri thanks for dropping by and liking my post on teenage road deaths ( I realize like is not the right word but you showed your support) it is one of my banners right now more and more you see people and not just the young ones, driving while on their mobiles , or even texting or reading messages on their phones OH! it makes me so angry why, do they not realize that they are in charge of a deadly weapon! Anyway sorry I do not mean to rant.
    I have to apologize. I thought I was following you but I can see now that I am not so I shall be fixing that right now . Be well and be happy .xxx

    • I knew by your words that it ‘had’ to be a ‘purpose’ and I couldn’t agree with you more. When we lived in DC I was always furious when I’d look over to a car next to me in 6 lanes of traffic going 80 mph bumper to bumper and I’d see someone putting on their make-up or working on their computer. I don’t have a blog ready to post this week. Think I’ll go grab your cause and reblog it.

  14. You should include in your bio…”ball of awesome”! Great blog!

  15. Gede Prama says:

    thank you my friend for sharing the article and happy greetings of friendship and hopefully, when we share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

  16. Skye says:

    I just wanted to pop in and wish you a happy new year!! I am so glad to be journeying along with you here. I pray blessings on your 2014 and always, Dear Friend. 🙂 Skye

  17. Tienny says:

    Sheri, thank you for liking my artworks and future likes. May you enjoy my artworks 🙂

  18. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Have a good week Sheri.

  19. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Hello Sheri!

  20. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Have a good weekend Sheri!

  21. Pintowski says:

    Thank you Sheri for liking my blog, your encouragement is so cherished. God bless you. Take good care of you.

  22. Elaine says:

    Hi Sheri! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I am honored!

  23. atempleton says:

    Hi Sheri – Thanks for reading and liking my posts. I’d been thinking about you lately since I hadn’t seen you around the “blog;a-sphere” and knew you were having issues with your hand/arm, among other things. Hope everything’s going okay. Take care.

  24. Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂

    • It was my pleasure. I’m planning on posting a blog in the near future about how so many people are being honest about how the world is affecting them and they aren’t afraid to speak out and seek help. I would like to use your URL and a brief sentence or two (nothing intimate. Then if another blogger wants to check out your blog that would be great and my ultimate goal). The post will tie in to my own need to be honest about my being a full time caregiver while dealing with chronic medical problems of my own. I often have a tendency to ‘pretty up the picture’ and I want my readers to know exactly the wear and tear the process has on an individual. I’m also hope I’ll be able to contribute a bit of money in the near future. I too am operating in the negative cash flow right now but hopefully I’ll have things turned around soon. You present a beautiful blog.

      • WOW. Thank you, you’re so very kind. And I would be honored to be mentioned on your blog. Look forward to reading it. You know I try to temper the trials with a lot of positivity. And sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot ( at least I do ) in doing that. 🙂 I have always try to be open and honest as I am a realist by nature! I don’t like having to do that all the time. That is my pride that hesitates there. Doubled -edged sword! 😦

        Thank you as well on the compliment on my blog. The designing aspect is therapeutic for me. God Bless.

  25. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Have a good week Sheri!

  26. Herman says:

    Hi Sheri! Thank you for following HoB. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think you were already following HoB. Much appreciated!

    • Yes, I was following all along and then something happened and you fell out of both my e-mail notification plus my reader. I couldn’t allow that as I love Mr. Bowie (and you are ever so clever yourself) and went on a binge read and hit the follow again – I adore Mr. Bowie’s adventures. I blog about my own 27 year relationship with my cat Mortichi under my series of blogs titled, ‘Morti and Me.’

  27. I am very pleased to be visiting here, you have a very nice blog with anyak provide insight knowledge, thank you for willing to share with me, and thank you also follow my blog.,
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  28. i’ve read many of your replies to comments posted here, and thank you for your advocacy on behalf of those so needing a voice, you have my admiration in abundance. and ty as well for liking so many of my poems and your follow, it means an awful lot to me.

  29. Ripping book reviews?

  30. atempleton says:

    Hi Sheri – thanks for recently liking the Images page of my blog. I enjoy the process of coming up with a photo/picture every week to go along with the post.

  31. atempleton says:

    Thanks for recently liking some of my posts and following my blog. Am looking forward to reading and following yours–such an interesting mix of topics.

  32. Yoshiko says:

    Thank you for liking acrostic poetry ‘Swim’ and our download page, your future visits and likes. Hope our poetry bless you 🙂

  33. Thanks for dropping by and following my little blog, always appreciate another friendly face.

    I admit I’ve not had time to properly explore your site but after reading your bio I’m looking forward to learning more. I’ll no doubt drop a comment here and there when I have read.

    Thanks again

    Steven

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  35. Thanks for stopping by my little blog! You have a really nice blog here, I am going to snoop around a bit! 🙂
    Take care,
    Patty

  36. Sheri, I have nominated you for the SUNSHINE AWARD! Please go to johannisthinking.com to copy the logo for the award and for the SUN RAYS you, in turn, are asked to spread! Congratulations!
    * Sheri https://sheridegrom.wordpress.com

    You write the reviews with such great warmth! You are one with the author—you carry their story into our hearts, creating this desire in us to read them for ourselves! THANK YOU, Sheri, for sharing your wonderful gift with us all and the SUNSHINE it brings into our lives of learning!

  37. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of yours also.

  38. willowdot21 says:

    Hello and thank you for dropping by my blog and following , I am looking forward to reading about you and your cat tomorrow!! Have a good day. xxx

  39. Carolyn Dekat says:

    Hi Sheri! Lots of interesting information here. I’m looking forward to doing some reading.

  40. Cristina P. says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Will drop by here as well!

  41. ajaytao2010 says:

    Thanks Sheri for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com.

  42. ladysighs says:

    Hi and thank you for all the kind words and comments on my blog. It is no more than silly stuff and I feel so small when I read about the work and dedication you give to issues you are interested in. I enjoy reading but seem to not be able to fit it in as much as I would like. I am a retired teacher and am just enjoying the days as they come. Blogging is a new experience. Of course it is new to everyone at one time. I have no real agenda except maybe to provide a little entertainment.
    I read that you will hopefully blog again soon. That will be good news to those who are looking forward to reading you again. 🙂

    • Hi there – You have a great blog. It takes each of us time to find a rhythm that works for us. I feel as though I’ve been away forever this time but it is what it is. I remind myself to be patient with myself and I will get better. I’m also retired. Give yourself the time and space to move into this new phase of your life. Everything is so different after we’re used to working so many years. I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it.

  43. chris13jkt says:

    Hi Sheri,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking one of my post. I’ve just finishing reading your last post. Hope your arm is better now.

  44. Ginger Calem says:

    Hi Sheri. I popped over here from my blog to check out your digs before class. 🙂 You’ve got a great start and have set up many things I’ll go over in class. I hope your arm is feeling better every day. See you in class very soon.

  45. lignumdraco says:

    You have a very interesting blog.

    Greetings from Australia.

  46. Mark Goodwin says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and the ‘Like’.

    Regards
    Mark

  47. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    By the way, thank you for your help.

  48. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Great! I thought some time ago the title may have been Green Ice, but searches failed to turn up anything. My late step father told me four years ago I was old enough to join AARP. I said, “Thank you for sharing Charlie.”

  49. JK – I’ll run the info through a few search engines and I know a few jewelers (my husband has Stony Bridge Jewelry) – the avatar at the top of my blog is the entrance to his store. He’s also an avid reader and just may recall the title. Between the two of us, we also know a lot of adventure type rock hounds in their 60’s that may recall the name of the book. I’ll let you know.

  50. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    I haven’t considered listening to books, but I suppose it would be a good thing to do and I might give that a try with “Islands In The Stream.” That was a wonderful book. As for the other book, it seems like these two fellows were flying an old DC3. It may have been that I read this around forty years ago.

  51. JK – Have you thought about listening to ‘Islands In The Stream’ on a CD or other media. On days that my eyes are particularly sensitive, I find listening to books a terrific way to continue my enjoyment. I’ll also ask some of my friends from the book trade and various book groups if your clues of an old airplane, an adventure, South America and emeralds brings a title up for anyone. I’ll let you know. In the meantime, keep taking those fabulous photos. Some of them are so close to pin and ink drawings — incredibly artistic.

    My blog pattern normally is a Monday post on something happening in our world that is really getting under my skin and then I post a book review on Thu (I’m an avid reader) and recognize that the genres I read will not be attractive to all followers of my blog. I’m considering branching out a little in my selections.

  52. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    There is a book I read thirty or so years ago which I really enjoyed. I can’t remember the name of it, I wish I could. It was an action adventure and involved an old airplane, South America and emeralds. I have a hard time reading anything now-a-days, but this is one book I would like to read again. One other is Hemingway’s “Islands In The Stream.”

  53. Herman says:

    Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated! I’ll be hanging around here…

  54. Denise Hisey says:

    Hi Sheri, I work in the healthcare field with insurance billing and am interested in learning more about what you do. Mental health needs more advocates, I’m so glad to read you are passionate about this underserved area.

    • Hello Denise – I was part of the team that wrote the legislation requiring insurance companies to pay equally for mental health care as they did for all other health care provided. You may remember that previous to that legislation, insurance companies could elect to pay from zero to maybe 20% of any given account. Most of my advocacy has to do with enacting legislation at the national level but I also get in at the grassroots and work on behalf of individuals that face stigma in the workplace, those that are homeless, placement for veterans, and one of my new passions is trying to ensure our elderly are not being over-medicated just so they will sleep around the clock.

      • Denise Hisey says:

        Hi Sheri,
        Somehow I missed your reply here earlier…?…
        That is really incredible you were involved with the mental health parity laws. Good for you! I am truly inspired and encouraged to know you are fighting for the rights/benefits of those who may not be able to do so themselves.
        Thank you for your amazing contributions to so many areas!

  55. You have been nominated for the Sisters of the blogging world award. http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/the-heart-of-bloggers/
    Blessings, Patty

  56. Thank you for stopping by, it gave me a chance to visit your site. I am the wife of a retired soldier and the mother of an Army National Guardsman, and have started a facebook page for military parents. I am always looking for information to share, especially since most of my parents are for the fist time having to deal with the military. I look forward to searching your page some more and with your permission would like to share your links with my group. Actually I may also learn a few new things too! I am also an avid reader and will be checking out your book reviews. It is so nice to meet you, blessings – Patty

  57. Sebastian says:

    Hello! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

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