I have lived in Tucson since 1971 and have worked as a community development professional for more than forty years. I volunteer with Startup Tucson's 10West and read to children in various nonprofit settings. I write poetry, flash and short fiction, and essays. I am also starting a new blogtobook project, Better for Us, which will have key community development practices I have learned and apply to my work. It will be an ebook and.or chapbook published by my business, Community Renaissance http://www.communityrenaissance.biz/index.html . Also through Community Renaisance, I am working with others on our primary community projects, Do Happy Today and BuildUP^ Tucson & Beyond . I love to read and used to dance ballet and tap, but I now mindfully walk my neighborhood near the Rillito River, bicycle indoors, do weights and swim several times a week.