I can barely remember not writing. Ever since I learned to spell I’ve kept journals and written stories and poems.

When I was still a teenager I knew I wanted to be a writer, but for a long time I was afraid to dive in full time. As a result, I’ve taken a lot of detours along the way and have held a number of different jobs.

I’ve vaccinated chickens, answered phones in a mortuary and served cocktails. Eventually, I moved into education where I spent more than 20 years teaching in community colleges and universities. I continue to teach online classes for National University, a job I love. Most of my students are adult learner and they are one of the great inspirations in my life

So I teach quietly from my home and I write. I’m working on a novel and I also write inspirational/self-help essays.







9 responses to “Home

  1. Hi Leslie,
    I just read your latest post on tiny budda – Our Proudest Accomplishments Are Often the Quiet Ones. I think you are in a better place now. Life pushes us and hopefully, we grow emotionally from it.
    Wishing you the very best and I love the picture you have of where you live.

    Zequeatta Jaques

  2. Eri Gonzalez Jones

    Hello Leslie,
    I also just read your article on Tiny Buddha and it was one of those beautiful instances where I needed to read exactly what I read. So I just wanted to say thank you. And I hope you find some Shalimar :) I have one little bottle that was my mothers sitting on my dresser and it makes me smile. Your home photo looks like my backyard. Be blessed and Thank you for your wonderful words!

  3. Leslie
    Your Tiny Buddha post on living with simple satisfaction was very inspirational.

    Thank you for your insight and willingness to share it publicly.


  4. Leslie, I just read your article on Tiny Buddha (Our Proudest Accomplishments are Often the Quiet Ones). This article was just what I needed at the right time. It is very inspirational for me as I am striving very hard to find my place. The irony of this is that I am 62 years old. I’ve had the corporate jobs and made good money at them. I raised a family, I have grandchildren, and I loved those times in my life. However, in my career I always felt like something was missing inside of me. I could relate to your story in so many ways and will hold on to this article to read and re-read. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I look forward to reading more.

  5. Thank you so much, Sandra. I understand where you’re coming from. So often we excel professionally, but still find something lacking inside. It’s a fascinating journey we’re on!

  6. Thanks you so much, Mark.

  7. Enjoy that Shalimar, Eri! I think my association with it has to do with memories of my mother as well.

  8. Thank you so much, Zequeatta! I agree I’m in a much better place now. Colleges can be vicious.

  9. Hey Leslie,

    Same here. I also took a lot of detours before finally decided to be an author. Even when I wrote a book, I’m still not sure that I want to be an author full-time. Now, I’m sure.

    Good luck on your novel! :)

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