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The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.

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On occasion, Sharon writes about her life and her work and shares these writings with the members. It is a chance for members to get to know Sharon on a more personal level. It is an opportunity to understand "the woman behind the curtain." Sharon's writing often gives members a better understanding of how Neighbors evolved and why. It also gives members a better sense of community.

Sharon's Bio

I didn't call myself a writer until 2007, and it was my husband who named me one initially. Writing has been my passion since childhood, though I never dreamed of being able to publish anything until my 40s. I published on my own site and in a local paper, but had never written anything for pay until 2008. Now, it is a critical element of my job and it remains my passion.

I am a middle-aged, happily married woman. I have a teen age son and two step children in their 20s. My parents call me their "flower child", though my friends consider me relatively conservative. I live in Great Falls, VA with our menagerie of cats and dogs and neighboring wildlife. I vacation in New Mexico and Florida at every possible opportunity.

I was born in El Paso, Texas, but was raised just a few miles from where I live now from age 7 until I attended college at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. I taught middle and high school English for a few years, moved to Okinawa, Japan for a few years during a short first marriage. I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling & Personnel Services from University of Maryland, then taught a few more years, then married my current husband.

I worked with Jeffrey for 12 years as co-owner of a remodeling company, and then I started in 2000. In 2003, I turned my hobby into a business and have been running it ever since.

I am an introvert, shy by nature. I love to read, knit, needlepoint, pet my cats, and of course, write.

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Sharon's Christmas Letter - a Little Late
Dearest Friends and Family, As I prepare to write each year’s letter, I reread the previous year’s letters. Rereading my 2016 letter was like reopening a fresh wound and rubbing salt in it. My grief has “impro... click here to read more

Dad's Word - My Eulogy for Earle C. Williams
I think I knew Dad wasn’t going to survive on the second day of his hospitalization. He was having so much trouble breathing. I was rubbing his head and trying to comfort him. The most frequent question we asked was, “What do you need Dad?” And this one time he replied with, “I just need to REST.” The finality of hi... click here to read more

Funeral Details for Earle C. Williams (Dad)
The funeral for my Dad, Earle C. Williams, will be Thursday, March 31st at 10:30 am. It will be held at the George Mason Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA. Directions are here A reception will follow in the same location immediately after the funeral. We encourage you t... click here to read more

I am From Poem
I am from The Source Lover of Light and Laughter I am from dancing and playing Angels and petulant Souls I am from Priests Assigned Sacred Tasks I collect the sacred tears, the profound sadness Offering alms. I am from a groovy, magical, mysterious pink waiting room filled with fresh blossoms and sunlight. I a... click here to read more

Power in Making a Choice, Not in Having Control
My friend whom I have never met in person, Laurie Foley, entered hospice this week. You know when you talk to someone about something that you have been seeking wisdom for and they just HAVE it? Like it's no big deal? And you are standing there trying to figure out how the hell to get a piece of it? You know . . . when y... click here to read more

I still believe in all simplicity, that love is the answer to everything for everyone. However, we must love ourselves first and foremost. If we cannot take care of ourselves, we cannot help or connect or love anyone else. Then we must love our families next. They must come before anyone else (except ourselves). We... click here to read more

Traveling to that In Between Place
It takes me awhile to process things. good or bad. I have to pull in and figure out the swirl in my head. The death of Tom Garell, the husband of my friend i never met Kari Garell, and my other friend i never met, Laurie Foley, entering hospice today, has me at “over my limit.” I know death is part of the process. in some w... click here to read more

Free Webinar about Lyme Disease, Bartonella
Most of you know that this is a topic close to my heart. I suffered for 30 years looking for a diagnosis to a multiplicity of symptoms. I was diagnosed finally in 2009 and treated by Dr. M. I am urging you to attend this free webinar on Friday, July 10th to learn how this infection can and might have already affected yo... click here to read more

Tell Me Everything
When Jeff's dad died on New Year's Eve, I wrote a poem about all the things I told him in the final three days we had with him. That started me thinking about what I would want to hear in my final days. And that's how I wrote this: Tell Me Everything When I am lying in bed, Dyi... click here to read more

It's a Matter of Perspective
My latest blog posting in Women's Voices Magazine: It's a Matter of Perspective. ... click here to read more

The Need to Connect
Robin Williams' death highlights the need to connect . . . ... click here to read more

Love and Support of Community Matters
The love and support of community matters for the people and animals . . . ... click here to read more

The Best Part of My Day
Please read my latest column from Women's Voices Magazine regarding the Best Part of My Day: ... click here to read more

Share Your Love Challenge
Please read my challenge to everyone to "Share Your Love" ... click here to read more

15 Books in 2013
Usually, I have a pretty good list of books that I have read over the past year, and usually, filled with comments about what I thought about each one. This year, not so much. I was spending a lot of my time WRITING my Lyme Savvy book, so I was doing a lot of research and reading articles, parts of books, etc. Here is... click here to read more

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