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Sharla Lee Shults’ Bio

A poetic mathematician. Do those words go together? During childhood, Sharla’s intrigue with science and mathematics shaped her desire to be a teacher. Along her career path, a venture out of the educational field led her to success in the railroad industry.

Life’s curves pitched her back into the classroom after an 11-year break. Working with teens in an at-risk dropout prevention program, Sharla introduced the Poetic Math Challenge. Never an avid reader of poetry, the challenge was more hers than the students. In Sharla’s words, “I bypassed poetry because I drew a mental blank at the words I read. I just couldn’t see it.” That was then. 

Today, Sharla’s vision and voice invite readers to delve into the natural world poetically. To see it, hear it, feel it, as though walking in the footsteps of Mother Nature! Nature’s doorway draws awareness away from the busyness and business of daily life. She found her spirit. This is NOW!

To quote Sharla, “Welcome to my world where vivid imagery stored in the mental scrapbook offers a haven to lean back on in the mind’s theater.”

Remember, discover, and reflect . . . 

32 responses to “Sharla Lee Shults’ Bio

  1. Claire Cappetta says:

    I thought I should tell you that you have completely inspired my husband with your blog,
    I read your comments to him and I get a “Hmmm…” last night he dropped a new poem on my lap with a big smile and a loud “There!” my reply was “And you want me to do what with this?” (raised eyebrow)…”Oh nothing… it’s just for you” Ahh but I know better! “This is for me to post because you want me to share it with Sharla…”
    So kudos to you and your blog, you have my hubby writing poetry again, well done 🙂

  2. AMSDaily says:

    Hi Sharla – you won AMSdaily’s giveaway:
    Please email with your email and address as soon as possible. Thank you and congratulations!

    • catnipoflife says:

      This was such a surprise! After receiving an email message, I promptly replied. My husband and I are on vacation and will be away from home about 7 to 10 days. Hopefully, the package will be awaiting my return:>) Have a blessed day!

  3. It always makes for really fun and unique poetry when someone who typically concentrates on a different discipline begins to write! Cheers to you!

  4. lgyslaine says:

    The inspiration more often born in our guts more than in our head. Just one word sometimes and our hand, writing without interruption. So, welcome too, in my world of dream. The poet disregards the reality, then this dreamer count the stars and even imagined
    (Giacomo Bardi)

  5. Ron Lemco says:

    About you,
    I hardly know you yet there is the attachment of a friend
    We have never met but you generate a aura
    That says in spirit we are one of the same.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Thank you, Ron. Definitely friends and who knows maybe someday we shall all meet beyond the confines of our virtual world:>) Wonder if anyone has ever thought about a writers’ LinkedIn conference?

  6. soulmetry says:

    “..only the messenger from His hand to mine, from my heart to yours. . .” so beautifully touching!

  7. Susan says:

    Sharla, I like your comment, “Being a mathematician by nature is a strange beginning for a writer of poetry.” That might be true of writing in general. I was a Math major and turned to writing later in life as you did. I’ve known you for a little while in cyber space and find that we have much in common. Wishing you continued success.
    By the way, what are you teaching online? If it’s writing related, let me know. 🙂

    • catnipoflife says:

      It is not writing related. I am a consultant with Beacon Educator and work with teachers acquiring their reading endorsement for their Florida teacher’s certificate. I do also facilitate some math courses but they are not as plentiful as the reading courses.

  8. Susan says:

    Oops–looked at your LinkedIn profile and I see that it’s reading, math and ESOL.

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  11. cristinasandru says:

    Dear Sharla, that’s a great post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts! I am honored to follow your blog and happy to read your poems. I love poetry and I am writing poetry books in Romanian language, that’s one of my passions. 🙂
    Your poems are deep and interesting! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Have a nice day!
    Best regards from Romania

  12. Hey, Sharla, I wasn’t sure how to reach you directly, and I’ll probably find you and tweet to you as well. I just started as ssistant Editor for GGIS Publishing, a faith-positive publisher. I’m looking for new projects. So if you know anyone who has an idea for a bio, that’s our specialty (although mine is poetry and fiction, so I hope to see projects in those areas as well. I hope Awakenings is going well; I think I’ll use it as a reference(!) for my historical middle grade novels.

  13. Teepee12 says:

    I have given you the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, which is both the Very Versatile Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger combined. I hope you will drop by and collect your well-deserved kudos 🙂

  14. Chris says:

    Good afternoon Sharla I would be honored if you would join our blog hop and advertise your wonderful works with us. I am not great at this but I hope I am learning. You have so many wonderful awards I need to work at earning some too, hugs Chris

  15. MakeSomethingMondays says:

    I have been award the Wonderful Team Member Award and I am happy to be passing it on to you. Your blog inspires me, thank you!
    Visit my award post to gather the info to pass on the award.

  16. Lyn says:

    Hi Sharla, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award – please see my post for details.

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  18. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Sharla!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

    More on this nomination is at

  19. Joe Bradshaw says:

    I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it!

    With love,

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