Today is My Birthday!
Top of the list is my husband and my five children, Dana, Lisa, Mark, Lori and Matthew. And now we have many, many grandchildren, great grands, and four great-great grands--with another on the way. They all give me great joy!
I've traveled to many places in the U.S., with hubby when he was in the SeaBees, and together to many Bouchercons and Left Coast Crimes, and to Hawaii when I was a teacher at a big Writers Retreat. And we enjoyed several cruise to Mexico. On my own, I've been to Alaska twice and other wonderful places, usually writer related. With my mom and sister, we went to a Hawaii on a wonderful trip. I'm no longer comfortable with flying, so I now only go by car.
I held many offices in PTA when my kids were in school, including president 2 years at the grammar school, and 2 years at the junior high.
I'm really proud of the 10 years I spent with my Camp Fire Girls. Together we learned how to be expert campers and back-packers, and we took many trips, including our big one on our own Greyhound bus to the Gene Pumping Station, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. I'm happy to say I'm still in touch with many of these girls.
And of course, I've been a Sunday School teacher for many years here in Springville.
I've had many occupations and professions from being a long distance and information operator for Ma Bell and a small phone company in Oxnard. I taught in a pre-school for developmentally disabled kids for 10 years, was a day care center and pre-school teacher in low-income neighborhoods, Organized and ran a summer program for developmentally disabled kids from 5 to 18.
For twenty plus years, hubby and I owned, operated and lived in a licensed home for six developmentally disabled women. One of the most rewarding time I've ever spent. During this time and after I taught mandated continued education classes for administrators. And since, continue to help others by writing program plans for those who'd like to have licensed homes.
Most of that time and now, I've been writing. Have 40 plus published books. You can find them all on Amazon.
It's been great!