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By becoming more unhappy, we sometimes learn how to be less so.

Anne-Sophie Swetchine

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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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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

One of my goals is to just write and post (with no editing). Here goes . . . I planned to write a really amazing, insightful, uplifting blog post today to start the new year. I read everyone else’s as they came through the email and on Facebook. I sat here instead and sulked. I don’t want to do anything today. I don... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter
Dear Friends and Family, I am starting this letter literally within the hour after handing in my Lyme Savvy manuscript to my co-author for his edits and additions. This book has been on my mind for more than two years, but I wasn’t able to really work on it until the past six months or so. We are VERY e... click here to read more

Sharon's Nook - Don't Go It Alone
I had just started into my Lyme treatment in early 2010 when I found two small cysts on my breast. I didn’t have a mammogram. I just found them. I called a friend who had experience with this “situation” and the way she described hers, mine were different. I wasn’t worried. But I saw a surgeon who said they definitely ... click here to read more

Keep the Connectedness Alive
I went to bed last night feeling great relief that Suspect #2 had been taken into custody alive. I felt better for Bostonians and Americans alike. I went to bed with the visions of police SWAT officers, FBI agents, and firefighters exiting the scene to the sound of great cheers and applause, the community offering their gra... click here to read more

Toys on the Pillow
Toys on the Pillow I took Reagan, our remaining Cavalier, to the office today - six walks in 4 hours . . . he likes to walk when he is there. I figured it was good for me to be up and moving. Most of the walks were our usual routine, once around the buildings, along the tree line, up and down the three parking islands.... click here to read more

Riley - A Day Later
It has been just a little over 24 hours since our beloved dog’s death. I feel a bit of an obligation to update everyone for a few reasons: 1. You have lifted our family in prayer so high and so strongly that I want you to know it is helping. Prayer makes a difference for me. And I thank you for this gift. 2. ... click here to read more

Spirit and Spunk
Spirit and Spunk Riley Rainey, February 3, 2013 Earlier today, our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Riley escaped from the invisible fence again and was hit by a car and killed. The driver did not stop. Fortunately, a Neighbor (Cindy Elkin) stopped, wrapped Riley in a towel and brought him into her garage and cal... click here to read more

myNeighborsNetwork in a Nutshell - from a Member
From a member: Today's Daily Rock and its message is so you and succinctly states the Mission of myNeighborsNetwork. Enjoy! “I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody e... click here to read more

Eight Souls
Eight women shared their souls with me today, filling conversations with rigorous, loving honesty I rarely see; I had goosebumps. Talk of their deepest pain and grief, betrayal, fear, frustration. Some have hope and some have none. Some of the stories were brutal. Eight of you gave me gifts today that I find impossibl... click here to read more

Store Closing - Important to Support Local Merchants
I heard recently that Maison du Vin in Great Falls will be closing soon. Very sad. So I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that this is exacatly why it is critical for residents to support their local merchants. It's up to us, the community, to make sure the local businesses STAY in business. The only way they c... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter 2012
Dear Loved Ones (that includes all friends and family!), I started this letter as Jeff and I flew back from a week’s vacation in Naples, Florida for Thanksgiving week. It seems more difficult each time to return to “real life.” Eight days alone together was just the recipe for restorative healing in the physical and... click here to read more

Books Read in 2012
BEST Books – Couldn’t Put Them Down Even For a Minute The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (3) Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander, III ALMOST the Best Books (but I could put these down at night) Kill Shot by Vince Flynn Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Us by Michael Kimball A Breath Away by Jeanne Selander M... click here to read more

In My Dreams
In My Dreams Last week, I finished reading Proof of Heaven by neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander III. The book details his Near Death Experience (NDE) while in a vegetative state for a week. I probably already lost a few of you with that last statement and that’s ok. This piece isn’t for you then. I found g... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter 2011
Dear Loved Ones, Usually, I look forward to writing this annual letter. It gives me a chance to capture the highlights and reflect on the low moments to see what wisdom I can gain and utilize for ... click here to read more

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