Hi. My name is Shirl Mendonca and I am a retired single mother living in Northern California (USA). I have spent years in marketing, management, and finance and am a writer for a local newspaper. I am happy to offer help in any of these areas. Since retiring 6 years ago, I have focused on honoring the planet and living a much simpler life...I want to be self sustainable. Along the way, I have learned a lot about energy efficiency (I have built and use rocket stoves), organic gardening (my next endeavor is an aquaponics system in my garage for fish and greens), food storage (rarely need to run to the store), herbal medicine, and indigenous agricultural methods (permaculture) to use fewer natural resources. My current project is to put all of this information on a free website to help my community. Beyond that, I have time on my hands.
I would love to listen, learn, and share with each of you and maybe find a way that I can be useful. I have traveled extensively to less developed countries and each time, I wish that I could stay longer and get involved with the women by sharing stories, lives, and projects. Maybe this is the time. Maybe I can help one of you and you can help me find a new passion.