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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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Simple Grace
Sometimes I feel like all I should do is tell you the books I have been reading and what I loved about them. When I am reading it, it’s all I can focus on and then when I love what I have read, I want everyone to hear about it . . . . The same goes for when I was reading Simple Grace: Living a Meaningful Life by local ... click here to read more

Roasted Tomato Soup
Note from Sharon - I don't usually pass along recipes, but Linda Sue's comment just hit me hard, so filled with love and compassion. And if it helps one person, it's worth it. I wanted to share a very special recipe. I usually make this for friends and family who are going through chemo or other medical treatments - ... click here to read more

Yoga School Dropout
I never thought that Rev. Run, from Run’s House on MTV, and I would have much in common. But tonight, I found myself in hysterics watching an episode as he tried a yoga class with his brother, Russell Simmons. The instructor on TV talked warned that “thoughts in your head are poisonous.” Rev. Run’s look at the instru... click here to read more

I Need You to Pass the Word
I am trying to increase my blog readership for 2009 and I hear from quite a few of you how you have passed some of my blog pieces along to someone you know. So instead of passing it on, would you please consider asking those individuals to sign up directly? It's simple. They just go to and provide the... click here to read more

I am an Ostrich
An example of my thought process (that drives Jeff insane). I saw a photo of an ostrich and that made me think of my 2009 goals. One that I had not yet written down, but had decided to add to my list was that I was going to be less like an ostrich. I am trying to get my head out of the sand when unpleasant things happen... click here to read more

Traditions All it takes is one instant, one liking, and one statement in our family to create a new tradition. I think it started when Mom took each daughter to the Elizabeth Arden spa in Phoenix, Arizona more than 20 years ago. Once she took us, it became a tradition; each of us spoiled by the week of pampering and ... click here to read more

Sharon's Annual Christmas Letter
Dearest Friends and Family, December, 2008 I spent a few hours, as usual, working on this year’s letter. I write it in stages, usually going to it each month just to make notes about what happened. I was dreading this year’s because of all the negative events that had passed. I worked through, thought it... click here to read more

Becoming a Bookworm
Becoming a Bookworm When I was young, I did not like to read. I loved to write, but I did not like to read. My parents were (and still are) avid readers, so I had some great role models, but it would take another 30 years before the bug bit me. English was my favorite subject in middle and high school. I loved t... click here to read more

Looking Forward
My friend Michelle Woodward is helping me with my To Do Lists. A few days ago, she talked about Looking Back and then she talked about Looking Forward. She is talking in terms of this year and next year. Sometimes, I am just talking about this morning and this evening. But I took her assignment to task and made my list... click here to read more

Looking Back - 25 Things I Accomplished
A friend of mine, Michele Woodward, has a great blog that is quick to read, and provokes some thoughts for me. Sometimes, I feel like she gets so many thoughts going in my head, though, that I can’t catch up with her. Last week, she wrote about Looking Back at this year and writing down 25 things I have accomplished. I... click here to read more

Who is Coming to Taos with Me?
The Taos Summer Writers’ Conference is now accepting registration and some of you have already beaten me to it! I have signed up for Mark Sundeen’s weeklong class, The New Nonfiction. My weekend class is Creative Journaling, though I still wonder if I should try the Publishing course again. I think I will stick with th... click here to read more

Sharon Has a Calendar
We have created a cool calendar with some of my favorite quotes and photos in there. Feel free to take a look and order one for 2009. click here to read more

Sharon is Going to Post More Often
Just writing the subject heading is painful for me. I promised someone that I would try to let my "editor" go and keep my "writer" flowing. My background of being an English teacher makes me thinks revision is awesome. But my perfectionism has become a character defect and I am not getting my thoughts on paper for fear... click here to read more

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Sometimes, I am made aware of exactly how weird I might be. Today is one of those times. I just went to the Taos Summer Writers' Conference site and saw that the 2009 schedule is up. There are no details, but the course titles and teachers are listed. And I am already drooling. i can't wait to go back . . . . I really... click here to read more

Speeding Tickets
“The only time I see a cop around here is when they are handing out speeding tickets!” I have heard this more than once from some of my friends. When I was in my 20s, I owned a Mazda Miata. I loved that blue car. I was young, slim, blond, single, and loving life. And my Miata exemplified that time of my life. That Mi... click here to read more

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