I was born in San Francisco Sept. 7, 1948. I lived in beautiful Monte Sereno, CA (in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains) from the age of six, until I left at 18 to get married. My son, Bill Horbaly, was born on Sept. 6, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas, where his dad was stationed in the Army. Bill and his lovely wife, Dee, live nearby and have blessed us with four wonderful grandchildren... Drew, Jon, Ellie and David, and grandkitty, Bella.
My second marriage was to George Sylvia in 1980. George has two beautiful daughters, Tricia and Traci, who both live in Northern CA near us. Tricia and Brad have two boys, Aidan and Jack; and Traci and Bobby have given us two "grandpups", Bella and Bebo. The only child left at home is Tula, our sweet labradoodle. ("Tula" means "silly" in Portuguese, and she lives up to that moniker. George is Portuguese, so I've always named our critters Portuguese names.)
Having aspirations to be a doctor or archeologist when young, I initially worked as a medical transcriber and medical office assistant before returning to college at the age of 38. One of the highlights of that career was working in the Stanford Medical School Cardiology Division, as "Publications Coordinator". I was responsible for typing the cardiologists' handwritten research manuscripts into a word processor (relatively new gadget in 1980), and editing them to meet the criteria for publication in various medical journals. I loved working at Stanford. I was also made the Editor-in_Chief, with a staff, no less, of the division employee newsletter. (I started employee newsletters at every job, and even won an award from the Medical Assistant's Assoc. !)
I realized that sitting all day at work, (especially having to type before ergonomics was recognized), was not healthy. I wanted to help employees stay healthy and fit. Thus, I earned my B.S. in Exercise Physiology and an M.S. in Worksite Wellness Management. It took ten years of diligent study while working full-time to earn the degrees, but it was worth it. I began teaching exercise classes during my years at school, and choreographing moves to music brought me much joy (still does.). It was as close as I could get to actual dancing, which has been another passion since taking ballet for seven years as a child. (Tho, I lack the talent my sister has. She danced with ABT in NYC.)
George and I moved to the Sierra Foothills from the Gray Area in 1982. (Luckily, the kids followed.) After earning my B.S., I was fortunate to work for an organization (USAA) which valued prevention over illness. They hired THREE exercise physiologists to take care of the 1200 employees in the Sacramento office, and only TWO nurses! Unheard of nowadays. We ran the wellness and fitness programs for the employees. After seven years there, I had the opportunity to work a mile from our home in Rocklin as the first Activities and Fitness Director for a 55+ active adult community from which I retired.
George and I "retired" in 2000, and I've been playing ever since! I love to be busy (where would I have gotten those "GO GO GO" genes?}, so have had various jobs after retirement, including helping below-grade students at an elementary school Learning Center.
Besides always being on the move, additional traits I share with my dad are: never-ending curiosity, joy in playing with words, a constant yearning for learning, and passion for change and movement. I joke about my "passion-a-week" (see poem below).
I'm volunteering all the time, too. (George threatens to tie my arm down!)
My current volunteer jobs:
1) helping a sweet lady from India who needs to improve her spoken English. This is thru the county literacy program at the local library
2) being on the security team at three State Parks in No. CA (my main one is Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley). Duties include herding kids during school tours, patrolling the hiking trails, and assisting with special events.
Hobbies and interests:
1) I've started piano lessons. My poor brain! Fun, but challenging.
2) Hiking. Any activity outdoors is my main passion. Gotta LOVE trees!
3) A fascination with words and writing. In high school I took four years of German, and two years each of French and Spanish. I also had 13 penpals at that time. (You can tell what kind of social life I had....like NONE.) That's why I loved being a medical transcriber... it's another language. Communication in all its forms is important to me.
and, of course, spending time with family, friends and Tula Belle. "-}