I grew up in Lorain, Ohio in a situation that has become the norm for families in America. My parents divorced when I was 3 years old. I didn't have a fairy tale childhood, but I believe all of my experiences had a positive effect on the adult I have become. I began writing poetry when I was 15 years old. I had always loved reading books and writing little short stories but poetry was a new venture and I was hooked. I graduated from high school in 2001 and left for Air Force basic training later that summer. I originally saw the Air Force as a way to escape my home and my family without having to be completely on my own. Since then I have been married, had two daughters, divorced, medically retired from the AF after 11 1/2 years, and gave birth to a son who is about to turn two! I am a lifelong learner with a myriad of degrees and I am just finishing up my graduate degree now. Hopefully I can eventually use some of my life experiences and knowledge gained to help others or at least shed light on some things we may overlook. I love reading and writing poetry, short stories, and photography. Nature is my escape from the harshness of this world and I have tried to share that gift with my children as well. I look forward to reading many hubs as hope that many of you will enjoy some of mine as well!