Mim Neal (aka Miriam Louise McClure Neal) has written for publication since she was 12 and poetry editor of her junior high newsletter. She has never really stopped.
In high school, she wrote columns for the school paper and edited her church paper and in college, wrote features for the Daily Northwestern.
After college, she was a reporter for the Pontiac (Michigan) Press. After her children were born, she edited her church paper and wrote and presented a program of verse and poetry called “The Heart of the Artichoke,” about being a housewife in the age of women’s lib.
When her marriage ended, she created publications for Shriners and their hospitals and wrote services for her church.
When Shriners moved, she stayed in the Chicago area, doing public relations for Rotary International. While there, she won a Mercury Silver Award for a publicity campaign on Rotary's reestablishment in Eastern and Central Europe and a Golden Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for an international public service announcement campaign. Her articles appeared in the publications of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization and Rotary International.
Her volunteer writing included creating scripts for events staged by Prairyerth UU Fellowship and the UUA Central Midwest District Summer Women’s Gathering.
After 20 years, and assignments in 15 countries, she left Rotary to become public relations manager for the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions (held in Cape Town, South Africa).
When the Parliament Council disbanded its staff, Mim became communications director for the Unitarian Church of Evanston and wrote several children’s stories.
Ensconced in her Loveland, Colorado, she works for the local Martin Luther King events committee, writes a blog, and occasional services for the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Her memoir, Tree Lines, has been published and her ‘fantasy memoir’, Family Time will materialize soon.