Ann Best Photo copyI’m Ann Best, pen name Ann Carbine Best, founder and face behind this blog. As I write this, I’m 77 years old. Mother of three girls and a boy; grandmother of five grandsons and three granddaughters. Over the years I’ve written, published, and won awards for stories, essays, and poetry, some of which you’ll find on my pages. I was 71 when WiDo Publishing released my memoir In the Mirror.

Born 13 May 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah, I’m a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and so is my daughter Jen Best. We’re popularly known as Mormons. If you’d like to read an accurate description of this church that’s the center of our life, this is an excellent and accurate overview on Wikipedia. Growing up in the 1940s and 1950s I’m now historical, and have many stories to share about a time of no cell phones or computers. I had no television until I was twelve, a  small black and white one. I grew up reading books from the local library, riding the bus to the movie theaters, playing games with siblings and friends. How the world has changed!

I also have lots of experiences to share about my life with Jen, and other family stories.

The “New Jen”

Jen Best is the other face behind this blog. Born 27 June 1965 in Orem, Utah, she was disabled over 31 years ago in a car crash in Centreville, Virginia. She’s now 52 but looks much younger. Closed head injury. Twisted brain stem. She can’t walk, but she can weight bear so I can take care of her. I’m her full-time caregiver. Her youngest sister Stephanie was also in the accident that crushed her pelvis. You can read their story in my Catastrophic Life Changing Accident post. The Jen-before-the accident also helped me drive from Utah to Virginia to begin my new life after divorce, a road trip not in my memoir but  dramatized in Lost in Youngstown.



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