Janet is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober since March 7, 2016. She began blogging in October of the same year, and shortly thereafter enrolled in college where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Psychology. She is now pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at a local University, and has remained with the community college to pursue a certificate in graphic design. She has also interned and worked at the college, doing graphic design projects for the Sports & Information Office.
Collette lives in Northern California, where she settled after earning her BA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. After several jobs in journalism and corporate writing, she returned to school to get her MA in Education along with Multiple and Single Subject credentials and subsequently her Administrative credential. After spending decades of her life in an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, she finally found peace and meaning through sobriety on March 13, 2019.
Teresa is a long-time blogger and writer from southern New Jersey. She has written thousands of short stories and poems (along with blog posts on other content). Teresa has written over 12 articles on Bipolar Disorder, which were posted pro bono on the website www.ibpf.org. She has also written articles and blog posts on mental health that have been posted on other blogs as a guest writer. She writes from experience but has found her mental health issues have helped her creativity.
Jeff is a spiritual pilgrim, and a recovering addict/alcoholic who’s been clean and sober since November 16, 1998. While finalizing his divorce in 2016—after a 15 year marriage—he began blogging as a creative outlet during a fit of despair. Jeff’s background is diverse; he grew up in southern California during the tumultuous 60’s, served in the Navy where he trained as a photographer, transitioned to a ranch hand in central Oregon, and then found his way into the restaurant business, as a chef in San Francisco.
Samuel is one of our awesome contributing photographers. He lives in Valencia, Spain which is adjacent to L’Albufera, a natural park, where he started doing nature and wildlife photography. Later he began doing street photography, in and around Valencia, and he enjoys urban exploration (urbex) of abandoned buildings and ruins. Although Samuel considers himself an amateur, he has experience since the days of analog. He photographs for pleasure, and he focuses mainly on black and white.