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Making connections in life and on page

Robert Houk • Nov 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Shully Cawood of Johnson City is a writer and the author of three books, including her forthcoming story collection, “A Small Thing to Want.”
She is the director of community relations for Morris-Baker Funeral Home.

Cawood is also a regular “Community Voices” columnist for the Press.

Fast Facts

Dog or cat: Dog

Favorite food: Vietnamese Pho

Ideal getaway: “Hiking in the woods. Also, I’ll never turn down a lake.”

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

I describe my two jobs as 1) I write stories, poems and books and try to connect readers with something meaningful and uplifting and 2) I connect the community to free grief resources offered at our family's funeral home.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?

Writing when it flows, and helping people.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING A SIMILAR PROFESSION?

Don’t give up. It might seem like you’re treading water but eventually you realize you’ve done more than that. You can make a difference.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?

I take a walk or run and make my dog come with me.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?

My kind, loving and affirming parents.

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