I was born into poverty, illiteracy, violence, and child abuse.  Having experienced many forms of discrimination, surviving child abuse (the scars from the cigarette burns on both wrists are reminders), and many challenges in this “School of Life,” I feel a strong sense of duty and responsibility to be well and healthy for me, my family, loyal friends, and people in my immediate “Circle of Life.”
My mother is one of my daily reminders of the need to stay healthy by managing Diabetes.  We are also experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She is “My Rock,” who keeps me grounded and reality-based.  My husband is one of my heroes, inspirations, supporters, and believers.  My children and my grandson are “My Power Packs” because they help me stay focused.  They are my constant reminders of what matters most – Family First.
I grew up with National Geographic in Oregon and still a subscriber today.  I met DeWitt Jones, National Geographic landscape photographer, many years ago in San Francisco.  I am inspired by his positivity and motivational speeches.
I am choosing photography as my communication tool to raise the level of Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, Physical awareness and wellness.  My near-death accident in December 2012 led me to believe I have more important tasks assigned to me in this lifetime.
I hope to continue to inspire, empower and validate people like me through my photography.  I hope it will spark the viewer’s internal power to "Live at Present Time with Clarity-Attention-Focus."  I choose to see, capture and share what is Good and Positive.
I am technically trained through Palomar College and California State University San Marcos.  My business, education, and technical experiences enable me to blend photojournalism and artistic visual/written works.  I have completed multimedia courses at California State University San Marcos.
I am a life-long learner/student.  I earned an Associate in Arts degree in Information Systems (1994) and a Computer Network Administration-Microsoft Emphasis (2018) at Palomar College.  I am presently enrolled in Photography classes toward another AA (Fall 2020). I am a Student Database Administrator and Student Information Analyst retiree from a California school district.
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