Though a goodly amount of my professional
career involved photography, I've always been a bit camera-shy. And when
it comes to social-media, I've (purposefuly) lagged behind.
That is, thought I enjoy an occasional
stroll through my FB to see what my children, cousins, and friends (who
load their pages with family pics, funny posters and tons of 'selfies')
are doing, I seldom post much... and generally, when I do, it's some
sort of 'civic activism' issue about which I'm getting the word
Thus the pic at left is my first 'selfie'...
which I know is not very good <grin>, but hey... I am what it is <lol>...
me, myself and I.
And this tripartite self is celebrating her
(aka: our, or is that my?) 65th b-day this year... A hallmark in the
annuls of a lifetime, or so I'm told. And though I 'officially' retired
from the work-a-day world several years ago, the fact of my retirement
from various and assorted civic (volunteer) endeavors has been
ongoing... fueled partly by my reluctance to simply say 'no' when a
'good cause' comes to my attention, partly by the fact that with some
things once involved it takes a while to divest, and always because I
*know* that my skill-set contributes to moving things forward.
However, as of January 1st of this year, I
became much more emphatic in my resolve to undo myself from this
long-time 'public service' passion and put my personal resources to more
personal use... aka: just simply being 'me' in a world of 'no
And I have whittled-down my self-imposed
obligations now to just one longstanding advocacy issue which I made a
commitment to back in 2010, which I'm looking to conclude my role in
very (very) soon and shall at long last be fully prepared to mosey on
through the looking glass and explore the new freedom found...
so much stuff has happened since I last updated my profile. Literally,
nearly four years have vanished into thin air!!!
Yes, that's me, offering you a nice
slice of the Bavarian Cream Torte I prepared using my mom's favorite
In 2008 I entered into a new phase of
career development to serve as the Communications Director of 'sister
companies' one of which manufactured industrial doors and the other
stainless steel parts.
Double-wow... what a hoot that was!!! I
loved it, and I hated it. Thus I left the world of corporate glamour in
August of 2009 and fiddled around for a while, figuring out what I
wanted to do.
In 2010, some friends and I gave our best
shot at forwarding a legislative initiative to
prohibition of cannabis for medicinal use in Arkansas. Also, my
youngest and I took a roadtrip to California and along the way I became
infatuated with New Mexico. Thus I began spinning plans to relocate.
So great was my desire that I was barely a
heartbeat away from closing a deal on a sweet-little motel and
restaurant when, just before Christmas that year something totally
bizarre pounced out of the blue and indentured me to a civic activism
cause which I served as the volunteer Communications Director of
Time After Time.
My good works have been aided and abetted
by the fact that my Social Security pension kicked-in early in 2011 and
I am now (so they tell me) officially 'living the life of Riley' (for
any of you old enough to remember that refrain).
If you want to know more about what I'm up
to now, check out
blog. If you want to know more about what's come before, read on
below and visit gozarks
send me an email...!!!
Beems, 2006, the "new" me.
As a single
parent of 5 (magnificent) homeschooled children ranging in age from 13
to 38, Christine oversees her media & marketing management
business entirely from her home-based office in the Ozark Mountains.
that's me at right. Christine Louise Beems
of Shirley, Arkansas, Editor Emeritus & Publisher of Gozarks: Everything
Ozarks, graphic artist extraordinaire, master website/content developer,
marketing genius, and according to my kids "Best Mom In The World."