Native of Ohio, raised in South Louisiana by a father who loved flowers and gardening, and a mother who never met a book she didn't want to read, I have pondered writing for a long time. I find peace and calm when surrounded by flowers and books. I have spent more than 30 years in the education field as a teacher, administrator and consultant. And lately, I am having the best time teaching writing to kids from kindergarten to twelfth grade. On the other side of my world, for more 30 years, I have been building community thru building effective nonprofit organizations. As an NPO consultant, I have traveled to many corners of the world to teach and spread the message of community strength through nonprofits.