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University of Washington, UC Santa Cruz, The Evergreen State College, St Martins College, MA Counceling Psyc.
Shoreline School District - Echo Lake Elementary, Seattle. Ryther Child Center, Seattle. YMCA - Big Island, Hawaii.
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Ojai, California, United States · Member since February 2009
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My husband, Bill Shields, and I live in Ojai and are both in our mid sixties, love cinema, poetry, travel, natural health alternatives and nature. I was born in Seattle, Washington and lived there till I was 20 when I started traveling. Bill was raised in Seattle from age five and traveled extensively throughout Asia with his work. I have lived in Alaska, San Francisco, Marin County, Mexico, Denver, the W. coast of Florida and in Hawaii. I've always preferred warm weather to the rainy Pacific NW so, after moving back to Seattle for 11 years after meeting Bill in Hawaii, I was very ready for another move to a warmer climate. Ojai has been the perfect fit for both of us. The close proximity to the ocean is a wonderful contrast to the warm Mediterranean climate of Ojai, the many beautiful opportunities for hiking, the close knit community and the various cultural events all supply an equal balance of nature, self growth and intellectual stimulation.
Both Bill and I are (mostly) retired. I was a Mental Health Therapist in Hawaii and Seattle and he worked for Pacific Trail/London Fog in Seattle for many years as VP of Sourcing. We are both active, curious nature lovers who have found our "heaven on earth" here in Ojai.
Two of my life mottos are "To thine own (Higher) self be true" and "The truth shall set you free." Being in integrity with myself and others is very important to me as is being close to nature and animals. Being a psychologist, I tend to explore what motivates people and try to always ask that question before jumping to a conclusion that might be less than an expression of their true self.
Airbnb has given us a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world and to share our love for Ojai with our guests. I used to be a travel agent and still have plenty of that in me so, helping people find fun interesting things to do and places to eat and enjoy nature gives me pleasure. We always look forward to new guests.