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 myNeighborsNetwork.com 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.
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 have rings around us that we must honor. And we must pay attention to those rings/circles and figure out who belongs in each circle. The lines can blur sometimes.
When we are filled with anger, depression, or resentment, we cannot love. When we feel sorry for ourselves, we cannot love others. We can’t let others love us.
Love has to be a free flowing energy that moves easily between people's souls.