I am going to share with you all the information about me that you were probably afraid to ask.
I was in my mother’s womb. (I wanted to start right at the beginning!) Then I was born into a world of no TVs, no DVDs no wireless phones, no Hummers, no computers, and no Nintendo. It was just me, my bike, my dog, and a roof over my head.
After I graduated from High school, I attempted to go to college. I said attempted. It wasn’t a very good attempt. I got a grade point of 0.76 my first term. I asked my self, “Self are you really ready for college?” and I quickly answered,”No!”
I went into the military, and did some serious growing up. That was a huge turning point in my life.
After I was discharged I got a job at Safeway, and spent eight years working for them.
I was still restless to get my college degree, so while I worked full time I went to college and actually made the Dean’s Honor roll every term I was in college there. I got my AA degree in psychology, and decided to move back to Oregon.
I finished my college degree at Oregon State University. I received a BS degree (no comments) in education, and began teaching at Albany, Oregon in 1973. I taught for 22 years, and retired in 1995.
I’ve had extensive training at Western Oregon State University in counseling. I worked as a counselor at the local Boys and Girls club in Albany, Oregon.
I have three children. They have all left the nest and started out on their own. I now have seven grandchildren.
I’ve written the book, “Signs of Hope: Finding ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”
The book is published and is doing far better than I could ever dream. In the first two weeks, 192 books were sold. The book has won a national award from the Readers Favorite Awards.
I’ve added the title of a Freelance Writer. I submitted articles to newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and devotionals.
I had my first check from doing freelance writing on 9-25-08. The check wasn’t large, but my ego sure gained weight!! It’s a fun and exciting career, and it will continue even after my book is published. I’ve also been published in, The Christian Journal, Prime Times Newsletter, and on the website, www.restminitries.com.
I also do speaking engagements. I spoke at a local high school in Salem, Oregon in January of 2009, and at a library forum in Molalla, Oregon in February. I can speak on anything to do with the afflictions that we face each day like: anxiety, fear of failure, self doubt, depression, addictions, hopelessness, etc. Especially if it is about veterans who suffer.
You can also keep up on what is happening with the publication of my new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” by checking in here daily.
This book is directed at our veterans and active military. There are 22 suicides each day from our heroes taking their own lives. I am trying to help with that in this book.
I invite you to also read and follow my blog at www.dailysignsofhope.com.