I am an advocate for individuals with disabilities having dealt with 3 different ones myself. I have a successor service dog from Canine Partners For Life. Compassion is extremely important to me, and I initiate interactions everywhere I go to learn what other people's experiences are and to share meaningful exchanges. I am an artist, former art teacher, psychiatric social worker, and computer graphic designer. I have been divorced and widowed, embraced diversity, use mindfulness and meditation to deal with difficult situations, and choose to live in the moment. I am grateful for all of the wonderful experiences I engage in daily.