Herbalist, business owner, informal health counselor, activist, journalist – I’ve worn many hats over the years, but the overarching umbrella has been my role as Mom.

Now with my youngest making her way off to college, it’s dawned on me that maybe I get to decide what to do when I grow up!

I live in Humboldt County, California, where the redwoods meet the sea. Some say it’s where the ‘60s meet the sea. But in any case it is a beautiful spot on the planet and I often give thanks that I found my way here from the crowded East Coast suburbs from whence I come, and have called this community home for almost three decades.

I felt a bit like a big fish in a small pond in these parts for a while – when I ran a quirky little herb shop called Moonrise Herbs.  But  after 19 years, ready to reinvent myself, I sold the place –  and now after earning a double degree in journalism and women’s studies I’m an environmental journalist, hopeful freelance writer and would-be social justice activist.

Grown up yet? I don’t think so!

Here I will share thoughts on life as an empty nester, inspirations, aspirations, musings on the political goings-on on the national and local stage, travel adventures…and whatever else sparkles on the periphery.

You can contact me at: grownupmom (at) gmail.com

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