I love my family especially my kids that I raised on my own. My oldest son is an International Ecommerce Business Analyst, my daughter works in Healthcare and my youngest son is an Analyst by day and a Christian Hip Hip artist on the side. He is very good and sells his music online.

Here is a picture of some of my very large family back when we had a family camping trip just outside of Mt. Rainier National Park. Drove from the campground to Pinnacle Peak trailhead and this was taken at the top. A moment frozen in time that we will never see again.

Mt. Rainier National Park, Pinnacle Peak
Family Campout

People in the photo. My mother is next to me wearing a red jacket. My youngest son is back row far left and my oldest son is back row far right.

My mom was the most influential person in my writing career. When I was young, she helped facilitate my love of writing by reading aloud to me, giving me good books to read, and providing the kind of environment that fostered my creativity (in fact we didn’t have a TV for a number of years). She always believed in me, encouraged me to pursue my dreams, and rode alongside me cheering me on.

As of this writing my mother is 84 years old and still kicking. She has been teaching Ball Room Dancing all her life. Started in the 1950’s. My mother is a truly amazing woman. She served America during WW II helping build planes. Specifically she worked for a then defense contractor on a top secret project creating the worlds first ever radar and electronics or what we call today Avionics.

She wanted to be  a pilot but they wouldn’t let her back then. She did however start, run and build her own business in the 1970’s during a time when it was not common for women to own and run their own business. She built it up to $500,000 a year. If she had run it today it would have been in the millions.