One way to get to know Ruth is to read what she’s written. Her perspective is shared via the links on the portfolio page of her freelance writing website, TheWriteBeat.com. For more, here is her autobiography:
by Ruth Heil
I began my career in advertising; consulted to small businesses after the agency closed; trimmed down my services to just include writing; and recently expanded my ability to communicate by adding Nature printing to my portfolio.
As an author, I write to support readers who care and understand that their lives impact the lives of others. I honor their attempts to proceed with gratitude and respect. I remind them to trust their instincts and encourage them to notice the natural creations that surround us. In this way, I consider myself not an author, but a promoter of higher awareness.
In professional freelance writing, my niche favors ghostwriting, through which I tweak the sincere messages of others to increase reader understanding. In this way, I consider myself not a writer, but a cultivator of communication.
As an amateur musician, I play classical, folk, and other melodies on my most prized possession: a Boston studio piano. My mother opened this door to self-expression for me. It was on her Philadelphia-made Betsy Ross spinet that I learned my lessons, the ones she bought for me, starting in the third grade, ending when I was 18. The ability to “play by ear” has escaped me. Instead I am adept at reading sheet music. Thus I am able to explore the endless world of written composition, and a sense of discovery comes with each new song. I usually match the tune to the mood, whether it be happy, sad, energetic, slow, or otherwise. On the rare occasion my playing escapes the practice room and I get to play for an audience, I enjoy being witness to the transformation that music brings to the scene, especially as people of all abilities throw off their self consciousness and start singing or playing along. In this way, I consider myself not a musician but a music-enjoyment facilitator.
My newly minted role as a Nature-print artist allows me to communicate through imagery the awe that the ecosystem inspires. I subscribe to the belief that Nature needs our appreciation and respect in order to for it to continue to provide all that we need to survive. I strive to create prints that closely mirror the colors, textures, and other details of the original object. In this way, I consider myself not an artist but a nature translator.
Other personal influences have included my predominately Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. The community that shaped them favored the concept of “save and reuse.” As farmers, they were at the mercy of the land and weather. As immigrants, they learned to survive in America using their own skills and self-taught trades. They were, and I am, industrious, devout, self-sufficient, open to every shade of religious expression, and dedicated to wasting nothing.
In all my work, I strive to say what needs to be said while building a well-balanced, healthy environment for myself and others.
I am a supporting member of the following organizations:
- Delaware Riverkeeper Network
- International League of Conservation Writers
- Lehigh Valley Audubon Society
- National Writers Union
- WHYY Public Television
I also am honored to serve as chairperson of the Environmental Advisory Council in Lower Frederick Township.