Illene’s Story

Living in the small Arkansas town where I was born, I share my life with Wayne, my “fishing crazy” husband.  If you ever want to converse with him, go to and you can be assured to find him chatting away with other “fish lovers”.

A typical “date” for us usually happens in a fishing boat.  Wayne fishes with fervor while I peacefully relax under a golf umbrella, either working on a writing project or reading a magazine.  Life doesn’t get any better!

As a blended family, we share 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  The entire town knows me as “Go-Go”, a name my fun-loving grandchildren dubbed me with!  The name is self-explanatory!

Hubby and I are currently preparing one final child for flight into the world in 4 short years.  Ah, the empty nest is in sight!

With 30 years of school counseling under my belt, the word “retirement” seems to keep popping up.  How did I get here so quickly?  The Bible says “Life is like a vapor”.  Someone old wrote that!

In my free time, you might find me walking, jogging, or bicycling.  My passion, however, is my love for words, either spoken or printed.  My most enjoyable days are spent reading the words of others or manipulating my own words on paper.  Writers MUST write and HomeMade in America is a fantastic outlet for my obsession!

I am excited to exchange e-mails with folks from around the globe who share a love for America, her families, and entrepreneurship! Please let me hear from you at

Good day from Go-Go!