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Writer, storyteller, foodie, environmentalist - strongly opinionated but open to changing my mind. I wake up eager to start the day. I began my professional career as a French teacher and school librarian, in Idaho, Washington, and New York. Then I traveled ten years as a storyteller, mostly in the U.S. but also in Europe, the UK, and Canada. By that time I had followed my heart (and a man) to Canada, where I spent thirteen years as an organic farmer, small-scale rancher, and, when I realized community organizing was really about stories, a community developer. After serving as the first Project Coordinator for HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern British Columbia), I moved to Oakland, California to be Storytelling Director for Stagebridge (Americaâs oldest senior theatre troupe). I returned to BC to take on the post of Food & Health Manager for Interior Health. Now I live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and focus full time on writing and storytelling. I maintain three blogs, each with a different focus. Catching Courage shines a light on the people, animals, and experiences that give us courage when we need it. Story Route explores the rich, deep, broad world of stories and why they are essential to our lives. Crossroads is the most eclectic. It began as a travel blog while my partner and I were traveling from Canada to Australia and back. Since that eight-month journey, it has featured glimpses into my hometown (Kelowna, British Columbia) but also the beauty of animals and those who care for them and the artists whose creativity enhances our lives.