Hello, There!

Photo of Cheryl Batavia by Joe Batavia

Hello there! My name is Cheryl Batavia, and I have always dreamed of publishing a book of poems. A United Methodist minister’s daughter, I spent my childhood in a series of small towns in Pennsylvania and Virginia during the fifties and sixties. My younger brother and sister and I shared many adventures, always found something interesting to do, and managed to keep our parents on their toes.

My life has been rich in experiences. I grew up exploring the Pennsylvania farm country, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Washington, D.C., Miami Beach, and the Gulf Coast of Florida are some of the other places I have called home. I am the mother of three grown-up children, two of them adopted from Russia.

The poem, “Childhood in Small Towns,” is the prequel to the book, Life in Inspiring Places, and shares some of my early experiences. Check out the poem and the many beautiful photos on the “Childhood in Small Towns” page of this website. You can also read poems from the book and see more beautiful photos on the “Excerpts, Life in Inspiring Places” page.

Cheryl Batavia at Manasota Beach by Stephanie Snow Photos

I worked at many jobs before completing a teaching degree at age forty. A school teacher for twenty years, I retired in 2011. Now that I am retired, I am enjoying doing things I always wanted to do but never found time for in my busy life.

It gives me great pleasure to share my experiences and perspectives in the poems I write. I hope you enjoy reading my poems as much as I have enjoyed writing them for you. I would love to hear from you.


    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Kate. Most of the photos are stock photos, either purchased from Adobe Stock or free. I give credit to the photographers in the captions. There are a few that are mine, but I would be the first to tell you that I am not much of a photographer!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Kavitha. I am sure it would be wonderful to visit Africa, but my traveling days are over. Are you interested in writing about African animals? That would be a great project! โค
      All the best! ๐Ÿ™‚



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