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Contemporary Pacific NW Woman Songwriter Novelist / A Gentle Feminist
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What's Up with Girlpower
I am a strong woman raised in the 60's and 70's in Wisconsin who moved west to Oregon twenty years ago.I began working with people with disabilities and elderly. Then I took a five-year break from social services to work as a forester as a timber cruiser for five years. I lived in the woods during summer, wintered in Alsea Valley. I developed a tough skin working in a camp with mostly men. They called me the queen of the comeback.
.I am a gentle feminist and progressive baby boomer that considers myself a world citizen, I am a songwriter and play guitar and sing in an acoustic rock band called Nervous Rex. See some of our work on myspace site under SmartyPants196 link
I wrote journals all my adult life and am in the process of writing two novels, and short stories. I have published in Oregon Coast Magazine and in an upcoming winter issue of Eugene Magazine about Watsu water massage. After 30 years of service to others, I myself am disabled with multiple sclerosis and I retired early at 53. I now have a life other than work. My life now is simple, I am limited in how much activity I can do before I have to lay prone to re-coop my energy. I lost the use of one leg and use a wheelchair when out in the community and a cane when inside my house. I spend my time doing advocacy and activism for people with disabilities and other subjects by writing my representatives in Congress people. I attend phone conferences of health and human services bills and follow bill progress in both Washington Dc and in my state capital in Salem. I am an avid reader of fiction and short stories. I enjoy organic gardening and have dozens of pots on my driveway with willow, dogwood and maple trees, and flowers in them.
I enjoy feeding hummingbirds and growing flowers that encourage them to my garden. I have coneflowers, red salvias, fuchsias, petunias, sweet potato vine, calla lilies stargazer lilies, cannas, yuccas, a palm tree, and a banana tree. I am told I have a green thumb as my house plants are thriving.my specialty is raising African violets and orchids which grow under plant lights on my kitchen cupboards. I also grow Prayer plants, banana plants, shamrock plants, fern, and dracaena.
MS has taught me patience, grace and knowing my physical limitations. It is like having a bucketful of water each day and I can use it ladle by ladle full and I dip it out, but I only have about 12 ladles full to use each day, so I use it sparingly so I have enough to last the whole day. I have to nap in the late afternoon to have enough energy for the night time. My beloved takes good care of me, helping me to do many things I can't do by myself anymore. He is my rock, my buddy, my soulmate.
Listen to my latest song named Sweet Love of Mine a song written for the peace activist Cindy Sheehan after the death of her son in Iraq. And click on videos in the myspace site under SmartyPants 196 and watch my video of the Sweet Love of Mine and the band playing "Just one" song.
Now that I have time to read I can still my mind and read all my favorite authors are Colette, D.H. Lawrence, Carlos Castanada, Anais Nin and newer authors Gabriella Zevon, Eckhart Tolle, Peter Coelho.