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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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Join Me in January - Writing!
Please join me in January! My friend, David Hazard, is presenting the Ascent 2010 Writing Intensive Workshops "for the evolving writer." David is my writing coach, and I personally recommend his skills and program to you. David's 4-day workshops are held in Alexandria, Leesburg, Reston, and Winchester, VA, and in... click here to read more

Freewriting 12/23/09
Sharon’s Freewriting: Most of you tell me that you read my Sharon’s Nook pieces when it’s quiet around you. It’s usually late at night after the children are tucked in, or early in the morning before they wake. Some of you read it when you are utterly exhausted and lonely, thinking you need to just sit down and ‘be’ ... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter
Dear Friends and Family, Once again, we were graced this past year with many gifts from our family and friends, exemplifying the amazing love and generosity of those who surround us. Jeff and I could not have made it through this y... click here to read more

Want to Read my Lyme Disease Blog?
You are currently signed up to receive Sharon's Nook essays by me. :) Thank you. If you are interested in reading about my journey through Lyme Disease, simply write back wtih Lyme as your subject line. I'll take care of signing you up. You may read my Lyme blog at AND, if you know... click here to read more

The Death of Courtney Schilling
With angst in my heart, I am reporting the death of Courtney Schilling, age 24, at 11 am, today, Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Her parents and brother, Joe, were with her. I have no other details at this time, but will keep everyone apprised. Courtney died 3 months and 2 weeks after her diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Her... click here to read more

Pray Pray Pray
From Courtney's mom today: Very emotional morning..Courtney VERY weak and slipping when I got here. . .asking for a priest. Moments after sacrament of the sick, we got word she tested postivie for C-diff, an serious intestinal disorder. They have started antibiotics for that and we hope it is not too late. KEEP UP THE P... click here to read more

"Did I Get Any Mail Today?"
Our friend, Courtney Schilling, is back in the hospital . . .not planned. Her mother wrote me tonight saying, "Very unsettling KEEP UP THE PRAYERS from all, and the request for cards...the only thing she asked about today was "Did I get any mail?" Please send Courtney a note, a card, something funny, to 12063 Summer Mea... click here to read more

Lime in the Coconut
Two Sundays ago, I couldn’t get down the stairs to do the day’s laundry. Even trying one step at a time, left leg going first each time, it just wasn’t happening. That’s the first time I surrendered to the stairs. I have a feeling it won’t be the last. Last weekend, it was my dad’s 80th birthday. We had meals togethe... click here to read more

Please Send a Card to Courtney
Courtney Schilling is finally at home at least for a few days. She'll do out-patient physical therapy a few times a week but should be able to spend nights here at the house until Monday (Sept 28th, 2009) barring any complications. Chemo happened last Tuesday (Sept. 14th, 2009) without any problems. It appears the chem... click here to read more

It's Not Lupus; it's . . . .
It’s Not Lupus; It’s . . . . . Bartonella, a co-infection of Lyme Disease. I will spend about two years in treatment primarily with various types and levels of antibiotics and I am not sure what else. I do know that this physician will treat me in the most appropriate manner for what I have. Finding the RIGHT doct... click here to read more

Please Cancel Our Time Together
Earlier today, a business associate emailed me, reluctantly canceling our scheduled lunch. She wrote, “I have a chest cold and I thought I’d feel better by now…but I don’t. Do you mind rescheduling?” Here is my view on canceling meetings with me: I have an auto-immune disorder. My husband is owner of his own company... click here to read more

Spooky Music
I know everything happens for a reason. I also know that I may never find out the reason. I received some of my bloodwork results today revealing “inconclusive” information. The rheumatologist (the one who listened) said there wasn’t enough to go on to create a treatment plan. She suggested I go see the neurologist a... click here to read more

A Mish Mash of Unorganized Thoughts
I got home from work last night, collapsed on the sofa, took my shoes off, rested them on the ottoman in front of me, and just sat for a minute, slowly breathing in and out. Was it Friday evening again already? I remember summers being slow, boring, nothing to do. I was hoping that this summer would be slower, less to d... click here to read more

Back on the Rollercoaster?
Well, maybe I’m not Living with Lupus. Right now, I don’t know what I am living with. If I listen to today’s rheumatologist, I just have a bit of bursitis in my hip and he can’t explain any of my other symptoms. He never smiled; he never asked me if I had questions. He gave his explanation for a possible... click here to read more

The First Few Days
Note from Sharon: the response to my Lupus diagnosis has been nothing short of incredible. Every few days or weeks, I will post my journal. I plan to start a separate page for my Living with Lupus journey, but it's going to take some time. . . . 7/17/09 - Friday Three days ago I was diagnosed with Lupus. Auto-i... click here to read more

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