About Me: I am so many things, wear so many hats and reflect often on my rich past and my imagined future. At 65, this is a lovely place to be. The pleasures of being wife and mother cannot be expressed within the limitations of journal posting. Suffice it to say that these roles have come and stayed at my perfect moments of readiness, leaving me to want to be no one and no where else. As mental health professional and volunteer, my rewards are abundant as I see my clients move from murkiness to clarity about how to overcome, fix, change, forgive and move forward. As mental health commissioner of my county, I work for change through legislation that will protect and defend those who are in dire need. As a writer, I am delighted to have my first novel, 'Departure,' about to be marketed by Amazon and CreateSpace, and the thrill of seeing my years-long labor of love about to materialize is again too big to describe here. As producer, director and moderator of a public access TV program that deals with women's issues, I am constantly learning about and making available the intracacies of everything from domestic violence to human trafficking to the challenges of immigrant acclimation. Being an active member of Soroptimist International, I help and support improving the lives of girls and women locally and globally through donations, scholarships, outreach of all kinds. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person, someone who doesn't say or think or feel 'no.' Such is the case with me. When the opportunity arose to be a World Pulse Listener, I felt it was something that I could not and would not reject for its being so in line with where I choose to put my time and energies. There is room and space for me to keep learning about my sisters world-wide, their struggles and triumphs, their hopes and dreams. If their stories become well known, if enough people become tuned in to what lies beyond their immediate circles of existence, if their caring and humanity can be tapped into and transformed into action for change, then this work will be valuable and essential in the extreme. This is my motivation. My association with World Pulse will be a pierce of my silent, unwritten legacy as i take my last breaths - leaving this planet a tad better than it was when I emerged. I look forward to fulfilling what is asked of me, of learning, of being part of a dedicated team.
My Passions: writing, animal welfare, reading, learning, hiking, equality for all
My Challenges: Not moving as quickly and agilely as before, but still highly active and high-energy
My Vision for the Future: Same as it's been my entire life - that peace will prevail, that power-mongering will diminish, that humaneness will replace greed, that that governements worldwide will be for their people.
My Areas of Expertise: Listening, empathizing, supporting people; writing; mental health