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Kevin's Angels: Once upon a time, 
there were three little girls...

Interests...

My first interest and love in life was writing. The first poem I wrote was when my grandmother passed away. I adored her and the loss of her was something very difficult for me to accept. I was in Junior High School and poured my emotions into a poem for her. Soon, I entered contests about not polluting, being proud to be a Texan (even though I wasn’t born here) and other essays. I found myself winning prizes, and even money. The first $5 I ever earned was because of my Texan essay. But, I knew that words and I would have a love affair for the rest of my life when they were the only outlet that gave me comfort during the loss of my grandmother.










Photography has been an elusive love that I have not quite had the time to pursue. From an early age I had an eye for framing a photo. That desire and interest in the story a picture could tell continued, but somehow words came first and the photography always seemed to circumvent or avoid my eye.




I’ve enjoyed many years of teaching college students about journalism and public relations. Some of the students who came into my life, are still a part of my life today. Being able to share the knowledge I was so fortunate to gain at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston was one of the most rewarding achievements in my life. Starting with a room-full of slightly disinterested minds and seeing the curiosity gently begin to probe and grow… There is little more exciting than seeing your students achieve their own goals and careers.




I’ve enjoyed many years of teaching college students about journalism and public relations. Some of the students who came into my life, are still a part of my life today. Being able to share the knowledge I was so fortunate to gain at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston was one of the most rewarding achievements in my life. Starting with a room-full of slightly disinterested minds and seeing the curiosity gently begin to probe and grow… There is little more exciting than seeing your students achieve their own goals and careers.

The freedom of the press has been a perpetual passion that simmers on that back burner. My studies and research have examined how government can affect the media; how media can frame and set the agenda for audiences and how the development of media has changed over time. A haunting reality is when one can identify too many similarities between the government-ruled media in a post-communist country, and a democracy founded on freedom of speech, religion and press. Perhaps more on this later.

The reason so many of my interests became secondary was the fact that having children became the most important and dominant of all. Becoming and being a mother was and is the most important accomplishment in my life. Nothing else comes before my girls. Yet so many of my interests have now begun to coalesce with my primary interest. They have become intertwined and weaved into a tapestry of all that I am. 


For instance, the experiences and difficulties of becoming and being a mother became stories that my words and writing had to tell. 


The girls faces, smiles, thousands of expressions, I had to capture in photographs. 


Teaching them about the simple things in life, to the more difficult things as they grew, was the greatest of rewards. 


Understanding that their freedom may easily be affected by what my generation finds acceptable, natural and constitutional gave me the determination to become more involved, to truly see each person before me with an open heart and to do everything in my power to raise three confident, contributing, ethical citizens who will help better our country and world, rather than deplete it.


When you begin your life in a coastal town, you can't go a mile without hearing the melodic sounds of a klapa or group of friends singing popular songs by the sea or in a park, restaurant, cafe bar, someone's home...


Where would life be without music? 


Music has been my companion throughout my entire life. As the tide of emotions would swell, music would be the calming moon to pull them back into some sort of copasetic rhythm.


The band that was always there--no matter if I was 14 or 44--was Bon Jovi. Their music, their positivity and moving melodies found a way to my heart and never left. 


While I adore and find magic in all kinds of music--whether country, rock, metal, classical, opera reggae, or anything in between--Bon Jovi will always be a part of my life and passionate love affair with music.  

 

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