About Me: From my birthplace and youth in the fields and woods of Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I have now also lived in Minnesota, Northern Ontario, Switzerland, Toronto Ontario, and Salt Lake City Utah. I graduated from Suomi College (now Finlandia College) with an Associates in Art degree and then a B.S. in Business Adminisration from Michigan Technological University. I married George Albert and we had three wonderful children with whom I stayed at home for fifteen years. Once we moved to Utah, I entered the workforce and had fabulous career with a small publishing company that published a monthly women's magazine (network), then studied to become a Certified Financial Planner, and went on to be the Executive Director of the Women's Business Center, helping women and minorities to set-up and start businesses. Now, I do some small business consulting and am active in my community as a member of many organizations mostly working for the advancement of women and girls, minorities, and refugees, as well as healthcare issues. I maintain my balance by gardening and enjoying the arts and documentary films, spending time with grand children and on an island in Northern Ontario in the summers. I also read, do needlework, cook and bake, and walk some most everyday.

My Passions: Grandchildren, women's issues, food, art, gardening, reading and lifelong learning

My Challenges: Not having enough time to do everything I want and getting myself organized!

My Vision for the Future: Women and children will live in safe environments that allow them to pursue their dreams and find beauty and love and that men like my sons represent all men.

My Areas of Expertise: Culinary arts, needlework, women's issues, gardening, financial planning, networking

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Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!



Hello! Welcome to Pulsewire!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

I greatly enjoyed your intro. You have done so much and apparently raised some fabulous children! Your work with women, girls, minorities and refugees is just wonderful. It is lovely to have you here. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards, Maria

Thank you for reading my comments. I wasn't really prepared to write about myself, but there it is. I have had a wonderful life and feel very privileged to have met so many wonderful women and young people. Just listening to their stories inspires me and then, in turn, I somehow manage to inspire them. And I do have three wonderful grown children, boy, girl, boy, and seven grandchildren.

I am President of our local Soroptimist International Group. "Sor" is Greek for sister and it is added to "optimist" to identify our group which is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls locally and globally. Soroptimist is a sanctioned UN NGO and is an International organization. Our local group met today and had a fabulous luncheon. Our speaker was/is a pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric Group at the University Medical School. Her subject was Domestic Violence and its effect on women and children. The health, both mental and physical, and the social skills of both women and children are affected by violence, even leading to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. She talked about one physician's terminology of "Adverse Childhood" and"Reverse Alchemy" in children subject to or who have witnessed domestic violence. The "alchemy" is turning the gold of the newborn into lead. She taught me another new term, "Intimate Partner Violence" and so much more. Medical doctors and pediatricians have not been trained to recognize, ask questions, and provide proper care for victims. Our speaker is trying to change that. She suggested that just as breast cancer was once taboo to say in public and yet now we wear pins that say "Breast Cancer Survivor." we should also start a campaign to have pins worn that say "Domestic Violence Survivor" or, I imagine, "Intimate Partner Violence Survivor."

In addition to our speaker we had a special guest, Darnell, a friend who was Katrina evacuee brought to our city without being told where she was going. Darnell has stayed and is making this her home, but her son who came with her has returned to New Orleans. Other guests were five refugees from Nepal and other countries (sorry I let the names escape me). They brought handcrafted and sewn items that they make to augment their incomes and to learn some basic crafts nd business skills. I bought a small pretty patchwork quilt in an unusual combination of patterns and colors, turquoise, pink light rust/tan, etc. tied with peach yarn, so pretty. That's what most often attracts me to their art and crafts, the unusual color combinations. I also bought two necklaces created with beads made of rolled paper, rather elongated and very pretty.

Excuse me for writing so much. I am just stimulated by my day. Thank you for reading. Good will to all, and especially to you Maria and the others who responded to my entry, Nancy

It is such a joy for me to welcome you to our community. We are living in an amazing time where women can connect across oceans, continents, and cultural barriers to change the way we live. You are now a member of this vibrant community and I look forward to reading more about your passions, ideas, concerns and dreams. From what I have read, it seems that you are touching many with your work, and I have no doubt that your efforts have transformed lives beyond what you can ever imagine. Although, we sometimes feel like small drops in the vast ocean, the ripple effect of our work reaches well beyond our initial inspiration. It is clear to me that you have created a ripple of empowerment with your work and it is a delight to now have you as a member of our online community.

Here, you will find inspiring women who have courageously confronted the issues that affect their communities and are speaking out. Stories are being told, movements are being started and laws are being reformed. I encourage you to reach out to our members to share your ideas, visions and success stories, or start a dialogue by commenting on another journal entry.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your experience more fulfilling or if you have any particular interests, so that I can steer you in the right direction. Again, welcome. I hope that you will find this to be a positive experience. Janice

Dear Janice, Thank you for your email and encouragement. There is always so much to do and never enough time to implement all my ideas. While my children are grown they still need a lot of love and attention, as do my grandchildren and as does my husband, not to mention the house and garden. I have about 75 rose bushes maybe more. Every time I go to count them I lose track of my count. One of these times I will have to take a pen and paper with me! I would like to help with the refugee gardens being planted locally but find my gardening time is taken up with my own. I try to help by talking to others to let them know what is happening in this movement which my friend is heading up. Now you know where the rose come from. I also have a lot of birds in my yard and enjoy them everyday. I look forward to a rich experience with Pulse, sharing other people's experiences. Enjoy your day!