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

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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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Suicide Walk in Memory of Sharon's Nephew
Note from Sharon: This note is from my niece, Brittany. She is walking in memory of her brother, our nephew, Preston, who committed suicide in March, for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you have been affected in some way by someone's suicide, I ask you to consider making a donation in their honor. ... click here to read more

Establishing a Virtual Writing Network
Please read my latest guest blog posting at The Writer's Center: ... click here to read more

Graduation Day, 2011
See attached poem we wrote for Stephen on Graduation Day. ... click here to read more

Sharon Rainey Named Northern Virginian of the Year

From the June issue of Northern Virginia magazine (page 81): 


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Death of Preston Schneider - Sharon's Nephew
Note from Sharon - I will be flying back to Colorado with Gayle and Brittany to take Preston's body to be buried out there at the base of Pike's Peak, where he loved to climb. . . Please pray for Gayle and Brittany. We will have the service at McLean Bible Church on Thursday with Lon Solomon presiding. Lon dedicated Pres... click here to read more

New Mexico Magazine
New Mexico Magazine – February 2011 issue Each month, I come home and open my newest edition of New Mexico magazine, cocooned in vivid photographs and soulful descriptions. My heart travels timelessly to the Land of Enchantment, every cell of my body wanting to return. New Mexico took my heart and soul in 2004 and n... click here to read more

28 Books in 2010
28 Books in 2010 American Assassin: A Thriller by Vince Flynn A Mile in My Shoes by Trevor Hudson Courage of Fear by Barbara Boyer Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles Game Changer by Elizabeth Puleo God's Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko Holly Brown Chro... click here to read more

Resolute in Resolutions
I hate resolutions. For years, I rebelled and swore I wouldn’t make any. Call me the rebel, but I thought it was ridiculous to make a list of things I wanted to commit to only not to follow through on this within the next sixty days. I refused to make a list. Until a couple of years ago. I guess I thought I was being t... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter
Dear Friends, Each year, I start the process of writing this letter by reading what I wrote the previous year, returning me emotionally, mentally, and physically. Sometimes, that’s a good thing; sometimes, it’s a painful memory. I often shed a few tears thinking of what others and I have endured in the past year, not n... click here to read more

Sharon's Book Signing Party! You are Invited!
You are invited to Sharon's Book Signing Party! Saturday, December 4th, 2010 from 3-5 pm at Katie's Coffee 760-C Walker Road Great Falls, VA 22066 Bring your copy or purchase a book there! ... click here to read more

Sharon's Nook - Put the Book Down
Put the Book Down A few years ago, I found out a friend of mine, Michele Woodward, an avid reader, actually keeps track of how many and which books she reads each year. At the start of a new year, she clears off a bookshelf and then adds each completed book to that shelf until the next December 31st. It’s a big bookshel... click here to read more

Law Enforcement Officers
A note of my own about today’s reported burglary in Great Falls that now, police are stating is in no way related to the other burglaries in the Northern Virginia area. . . . I hear a lot from local residents and members of myNeighborsNetwork. I hear complaints and compliments. Some is valid, helpful information, some i... click here to read more

Finishing the Book
I was 26 years old when my mother gave me permission to stop reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles. I was at page 249 and truly struggling. I hated it. “If you don’t like it, just put it down. Stop reading it,” she suggested. Really? Are we allowed to do that? I spent my life reading books because they were required... click here to read more

Belonging I think I found you in a line at the bookstore trying to connect with those who think differently than I. More succinctly Intricately simply. I found you when I felt alone inept Terror. Someone gave you to me yet I belong to you. How do you know ... click here to read more

17 Books
A year ago, a friend of mine had resolved to read 40 books in 2009. Michelle is, obviously, an avid reader. Impressed and amazed at Michelle’s vast consumption of words, I took on my own New Year’s Resolution. Twenty books was my target. I was well on my way until my Lyme diagnosis in September. For the last four mon... click here to read more

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