I find life rich, mysterious, interesting, and beautiful despite what may challenge me. I traveled to Europe for the first time last year with my daughter and son-in-law and made a promise to myself that I would give myself the gift of travel as often as I could. Since then I've traveled to Memphis, Nashville and Washington DC. I hope very much to see Italy in 2015! I'm lucky to live in Napa Valley and I find it a precious place to live for it's culture, heritage, wine, food, and the people. I enjoy organic gardening, cooking for friends, taking weekend getaways with friends, and spending time outdoors with my 4-leggeds. I left a career as an executive in the financial industry and just left a 9 year volunteer role with our local Chamber, the last as it's chair. I love connecting people, finding ways to help others, and spending time with my children and grandchildren. I an a voracious reader, love to write, and dabble in photography.