• Jenny Ballif
  • Feb 25, 2018
Element 54 from the Periodic Tabel of Patrons: Pacini.

Element 54 on the Periodic Table of Elements is Xenon, a noble gas used to light up darkness. Our corresponding place on the Periodic Table of Patrons is for Toni Pacini, a good friend of mine and an amazing storyteller. Her captivating voice, incredible energy, and history of perserverance are inspiring.

Toni has written a memoir, which you can check out here. It’s the story of “A girl raised-up like an invasive weed in an Alabama cotton mill village where illiteracy, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and abuse were as commonplace as fried chicken on Sunday.” Note: this story isn’t one for kids.

In addition to her memoir, Toni also writes fantastic short stories in a Southern Gothic style, runs a dynamic writers group, and pretty-much saves my bacon every week when it comes to organizing the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She’s definitely a source of light and inspiration for everyone who knows her. Once again, welcome to the table Pacini!

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Jenny Ballif

Jenny Ballif has worked as a molecular biologist and a wild land firefighter, and at several jobs that fall in between wearing a lab coat and wielding a chainsaw. She is the mother of three kids, wife of one mathematician, and author of several books.