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, currently live nearby and have blessed us with four wonderful grandchildren... Drew, Jon, Ellie and David, and grandkitty, Bella. Ellie, David and Jon are involved in musical theater productions, performing with the Christian Youth Theater. I volunteer on the Hair and Makeup Committee when I can in honor of my mother, Carolyn, who worked in the theater throughout her life.
My second marriage is to George Sylvia. We were married in 1980. George has two beautiful daughters, Tricia and Traci, both of whom live in Northern CA. Tricia and Brad have two boys, Aidan and Jack, both talented athletes; and Traci and Bobby have given us two "grandpups", Bella and Bebo. The only child left at home with us 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 my first twenty years' 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, The Cardiogram. (I started employee newsletters at every job I had, and even won an award from the Medical Assistant's Association for one I created.)
I realized that sitting all day at work was not healthy, especially before ergonomics was recognized. 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. Choreographing moves to music brought me much joy, and still does. It was as close as I could get to actual dancing, which has been another passion since taking ballet lessons for seven years as a child. (Tho, I lack the talent my sister has. She danced with American Ballet Theater in NYC.)
George and I moved to the Sierra Foothills from the S.F. Bay Area in 1982. (Thankfully, the kids all followed.) After earning my B.S., I was fortunate to work for an organization (USAA) which valued prevention over illness. I was part of a team which managed the wellness and fitness programs for the 1200 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, Springfield, from which I retired.
George and I officially retired in 2000, but it was difficult for me to sit still (where would I have gotten those "GO GO GO" genes?). Consequently, I have had various jobs after retirement, including helping below-grade students at an elementary school Learning Center; returning to medicine working in a medical clinic full time; and most recently, at a local Weight Watchers center.
Besides always being on the move, additional traits I share with my father 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 am attempting to concentrate on my writing projects, so have managed to reduce my time away from home to:
1) helping a sweet gal from the Ukraine who needs to improve her English. This is thru the county literacy program at the local library
2) piano lessons. My poor brain! Fun, but challenging.
2) Hiking. Any activity outdoors is my main passion. Gotta LOVE trees! Tula and I both need the nature fix and exercise.
and, of course, spending time with family and friends.