ping pong ballâ€”bouncing from coast to coast and back again. Her grandchildrenÂ bring her the greatest joy. She has always been involved in writing, from
journals to plays for Cub Scouts, to short stories for her children and as aÂ reporter for a small newspaper.Â DonnaÂ has won awards for her writing
and has also taught in writing workshops and retreats. She is the co-founder of
the annual OHPA Writerâ€™s Retreat in Western Pennsylvania. Her novels
includeÂ A Strand of DoubtÂ andÂ CodeNameÂ Scorpion.
â€œIâ€™m worried about someone coming at me from behind. What should I do?â€
â€œThatâ€™s a very good question. Let me demonstrate. Dani, can you help?â€
She looked around, then pointed to herself in an exaggerated manner. â€œMe?â€
â€œIt seems as if sheâ€™s a little shy. Letâ€™s encourage her.â€ Trevor started clapping. The noise grew until Dani blushed and gave him a look he hoped wouldnâ€™t kill him.
He reached out his hand to help her up. â€œCome on.â€ He positioned her in front of him and said, â€œAct like youâ€™re waiting for a bus.â€
Dani crossed her arms and tapped her right foot, then checked her watch. Standing behind her, Trevor reached around her neck. â€œRemember number 2, take charge. The first thing to do is lock your chin down.â€
She followed his directions.
â€œThis will make it so your attacker cannot cut off your air supply.â€ Still holding onto Dani, Trevor continued. â€œOne move wonâ€™t be enough, so think in multiplesâ€”a heel to his instep and an elbow to the solar plexus.â€
Dani acted quickly, stomping on the inside of his foot. He grunted and let go of her neck. She finished with an elbow to his stomach.
Trevor groaned and grasped his abdomen. â€œExcellent demonstration. Did everyone get that?â€
Dani smiled innocently. â€œShould I do it againâ€”in case someone missed it?â€
â€œNo. no. Thatâ€™s good. You can sit down.â€