Writing letters since: The great Chicago blizzard of 1967 and the race riots of 1968 (more than 15 published pieces in the Tribune).
Life Story in 50 words or less: Born and raised in Chicago's Jefferson Park; graduated from Steinmetz High School in 1972. Worked for close to 25 years at Bankers Life and Casualty, as well as at her church, St. Robert Bellarmine. She has participated in community outreach at Mercy Home. Now retired, focusing on writing.
Self-description: "I'm a happy person. I like to be active. I'm an animal lover." She lives with her pet parrot, Ozzy, also known as "Screaming as Jesus" for his shrill voice. She reads and writes avidly. Her current favorite book is Maureen McCormick's (formerly Marcia on "The Brady Bunch") "Here's the Story; Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice." But she is a writer first and foremost and likes to voice her opinion on issues close to her heart, like Chicago Public Schools and the Cubs. She finds it offensive that the mayor criticizes CPS but sends his own children to private schools.
Writing experiences: Besides her regular letters to the Tribune, Grieashamer has also been working on a book since she was 15 years old. "I'm working on what they call the great American novel," she explained. The story focuses on a troubled family with multiple children, one of whom burns her eyes out in a chemistry lab accident.
Unique trait: Grieashamer believes a good letter to the editor "makes a point," and enters into conversation with current news topics or other letters. She enjoys submitting online after years of writing by hand. "I get words in my head and I have to write something, and once I get on the computer, it just flows. I don't even have to think about it half the time; it just comes."
— By Tribune reporter Maya Dukmasova
Grieashamer's latest thoughts: My life is over. Dominick's is going away.
Say it isn't so, Dominick's!
Where in the city am I going to get my Geisha tuna?
I'd be willing to purchase a truckload if I could find it.
What did I do wrong? How can I make it right?