Vicki

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Gender Female
Industry Education
Occupation Rater
Location Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
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Introduction This Blog tries to capture the essence of my life in New Mexico where I now live. It has some journals of my daily life, my family, my travels, some photos, art and poetry I've created, and finally, an occasional comment on the times we are living in. I was born in California and lived in coastal Southern California most of my life. I have also lived in Honolulu, Hawaii and Tucson, Arizona. For many reasons, including losing my job of 27 years, I decided to leave San Diego for New Mexico in 2005. I was looking for a peaceful natural environment without crowds, noise, and a high cost of living. I found that in the mountains east of Albuquerque, enjoying the bluest skies nearly everyday. I work from home scoring online TOEFL tests. I enjoy art, photography, gardening and volunteering in my free time. I volunteer with the Forest Service leading summer wildflower walks. I love to travel and have been to most states in the USA. I also have visited Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Monaco, France, Spain, Japan, China, Bahamas, Virgin Islands (US), and the island of St. Martin/St. Marteen.
Interests The natural world, art, photography, reading, music, theater, films, gardening, camping, hiking, travel, family, volunteering in my community, Buddhism, ESL, TESOL, TEFL, TOEFL, TESL, Sandia Mountains, wildflowers, New Mexico, mountains, pastels, sculpture, haiku, genealogy, history, politics, peace
Favorite Movies The Emperor's Club, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Best In Show, Sophie's Choice, Precious, Dr. Zhivago
Favorite Music Jazz, Folk, Rock and Roll, Classical, Sade, Miles Davis, Keiko Matsui, Bob Dylan, Pat Metheny, Imogen Heap, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Puccini, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leila Downs, Van Morrison, The Beatles, Paul Simon
Favorite Books Western Garden Book by Sunset Magazine, The Innocent Man by John Grisham, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching