FAMILY: Married, Mother of 2, adult children, and grandmother of two girls! Don’t get me started on my husband and kids, because I can take up way too much space bragging about them. My son, Kevin is the best RN on the planet. He’s a wonderful young man, married to an amazing woman, Jessica. My daughter, Kamille, is a beauty who resides in New Jersey, and is the awesome Code Enforcement/Public Officer for a municipality.
Both of my children are very musically gifted – Kevin is a technically skilled drummer and pianist, whereas Kamille is a creative song writer/guitarist/pianist. I am so so grateful for my husband, Lou. Other than these immediate family members, I am the oldest of 3 children, I have a brother and sister, a nephew and two nieces that I adore, and two wonderful parents who still have a ton of spunk…I also have a large “step” family!
BIRTH DATE/AGE: December 14th, and I am proud to say I am 50, and in better shape and health than I was at 30.
RELIGIOUS VIEWS: I am NOT religious, but I AM a born-again Christian. I am interested in a personal relationship with my Creator and my Savior Jesus Christ, not a ritualistic method for living.
POLITICAL VIEWS: Conservative
MUSICIANS YOU ARE INSPIRED BY: Sergei Rachmaninoff is my inspiration for Classical Music. Billy Joel is an all time favorite for me, an extremely talented pianist/singer/songwriter. It’s a close one between Billy and Ray Charles. Vocally, I love Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones.
HOBBIES APART FROM MUSIC: Handcrafting is a major hobby. I am a wood burning artist, and my husband is a Jewelry Fabricator/Copper and Silver. My other hobbies include Cooking (making my own Gluten-free recipes), hiking with my husband, camping and taking long, scenic rides. Love to go flea marketing too!
TV SHOWS: While I’m mostly a movie girl, I was ADDICTED to 24. I used to love ER and Cheers. My favorite movie of all time is the Godfather. I love scary movies, too. My son, daughter and I always watched them.
FAVORITE MODERN CONVENIENCE: Internet and Cell phones (love texting, tweeting, Facebook, Instagram, and writing articles for the web).
HARDEST LIFE LESSON: All of them have been the hardest, but if I had to narrow it down, I would have to say that learning the Golden Rule took 40+ years, and had I learned it a lot sooner, I would have saved myself and many others a lot of grief. “And as you would that men should do to you, you do likewise to them….”, Luke 6:27-38
HAPPIEST MEMORY: I have so many favorite memories it would be really hard to pick one. So, seeing the tiny perfect faces of my 2 babies for the first time, and marrying my sweetheart, a true gift from God, Lou, in November 2011 would be among the top memories.
SADDEST MEMORY: I would have to say the death of my second husband, Pastor Ron Dixon, Millville, New Jersey. He passed from leukemia on Memorial Day 2011
FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Teaching piano and voice lessons. I was blessed to teach over 150 students in 23 years, and I loved them all so much. Since moving to Arizona last year, I have found that my relationships with them have continued! I get messaged, Facebook’d, tweeted at by students all the time. I’m so proud of them and what they’ve accomplished. Some of them are now teachers.
WHAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE ABOUT YOU: My OCD about everything having to be JUST SO, all the time…it’s stressful on everybody! I also wanted to change my health – get fit, eat right – and I am doing that. There’s tons more, for instance, if I was wealthy, I might change my nose! (I would have to think about it, sounds painful).
WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT YOU: My keen ability to be diplomatic with people and my ability to DO music.
PET PEEVES: Gossip and all other drivers – ha ha
FAVORITE PLACES: Piano benches anywhere in the world. My husband and I went to Israel with our church group for our honeymoon. Yes, we had plenty of alone time, I read your mind! But at a hotel in Tiberius, I had the pleasure of playing their lobby & lounge grand piano, and it really drew a crowd. Before we knew it, the room was filled with singing, and a massive party. People were throwing tips at me, insisting on buying me drinks. It was the most random good time I have ever had!
If you have taken the time to read this, you know a bit more about my persona…and I hope it leads to me getting to know you as well!