About Me - Linda
The story of my life.
I was born in Massachusetts, USA in 1951. I grew up in a family of seven, including my parents. I was the youngest of 5 children. Some of the fun things we did were visiting the beach, the mountains in New Hampshire, and visiting relatives. We used to have family cook-outs quite often in our back yard and those were fun too! In the photo above I am the baby with my brother and three sisters.
I was very slow to learn in grammar school and in high school. I had a hard time with spelling, math and any kind of sports. I was extremely shy in school, but I learned lately to be not so shy any more. Massachusetts is a beautiful place indeed, but because of the cold winters I wanted to move away, and I did!
I started practicing Transcendental Meditation in the Fall of 1974. I got married in 1977 in Massachusetts to Bert, who I met while being a part of the TM group (see below).
We drove across the country starting in May of 1978. We started from my parent's house north of Boston and ended at Bert's parent's house in San Mateo, CA. It took us about a month to do so. We stopped at the Science of Creative Intelligence place where we met near Livingston Manor, NY. I could't get out of the car because the place was all only men then. We stopped for a while at Maharishi International University in Fairfield. We might have stopped at Yosemite in California. I think I wrote about this trip elsewhere.
He's from California. Most of the moves my husband and I made were with the Transcendental Meditation (TM) organization. We felt that the TM group and being a part of it would help us, and help the world attain world peace. To read more about TM, click on the links below and other links on those pages. We are no longer part of the TM group.We still do occasionally meditate, but not often.
My Anthropology Paper I did about Transcendental Meditation (TM):
The Truth About Transcendental Meditation
Read about my Experiences with TM:
My Experiences Article
I have lived in many places in the U.S.A. I lived the first years of my life in Massachusetts, of course. I lived for a while in upstate New York in 1976 and 1977. That's me in the photo above sitting on my bed at the Science of Creative Intelligence retreat center in upstate New York in 1976.
My husband and I got married in 1977 in Massachusetts. One day he called me from California and asked me to marry him. I told him to come to Massachusetts and we'd talk about it. He did and we got married! We moved to California in 1978, then to Nevada for a bit, and back to California, Then to Missouri for a year and a half and back to California. My husband and I had a beautiful daughter in 1981 in California! Above is Bert and baby Erica at Carmel Beach in California.
We only had the one child, our darling daughter, who is grown up and is now living in California. She was born in California, but because we decided to move to Iowa when she was only a few months old, all she knew growing up was Iowa.
We moved to Iowa in 1982 and lived there for 15 years. As I mentioned above, our daughter grew up with us there in a little house that we bought. Above is me, Erica and Bert sitting on the porch of our house in Fairfield, Iowa in 1985-ish.
I drove all by myself from our home in Iowa to my parent's house in Methuen with no stopping, except briefly, all night in about 1995 or 1996 (something like that). Erica stayed home in Iowa. It took me 33 to 34 hours to drive all that way. I can't remember how I drove back; if I did it all in one go or not. I don't think I took a single picture.
We sold our house in Iowa and moved to New Mexico, at the urging of a friend, in 1997, when my daughter was 16. I got my first computer in 1987. I loved it! I still love playing and working on the Internet and on my cell phone and laptop!
I left my husband of 22 years in 1999. My daughter and I moved back to Iowa in 1999. My husband and I were divorced in 2000.
I left Iowa at the very end of 2001 and moved back here to New Mexico where I now live. My daughter moved from Iowa to the Los Angeles, California area at the end of 2002 and she is still there. She loves living there! She called me one day from Iowa and said that her friend Carrie wanted her to stay in Iowa and her friend Abby, who had moved to California, wanted her to move to California. I said, "Do you want to spend the rest of your life in Iowa?" She said, "No." I said, "Do you have enough money to move to California?" She said, "Yes." I said, "Move to California!" And she did. I miss her bunches! I visited her for two weeks at the beginning of 2006. She visited us here in New Mexico in June of 2008, September of 2014 and again in May of 2017. We had a GREAT time! We took her to many places around here. See pictures in my Photo Albums here on my website. We text each other quite often. We send each other photos as well and talk on the phone on occasion.
Bert and I moved back together, here in Taos, at the end of 2005. Everything is great!
I am now remarried to Bert, the man I married in 1977. We were remarried in a simple ceremony here in Taos on June 22, 2008. Erica came for the event and so did my brother Richard and his wife and one of my sisters, Arline, and her husband. It was a very nice wedding. Above is Me, Erica and Bert at the wedding. To see pictures of the wedding: Go to my photo albums and find the one called Our Weddings - 1977 & 2008.
We have lived in many places in the U.S.A. including Massachusetts, New York state, California, Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and New Mexico. We lived in Iowa for about 16 years. I plan to spend the rest of my life here in New Mexico, USA. I have never left the U.S.A., unless you count a very brief trip through a small portion of Canada when I was about 16 and a trip into Canada for a few hours when I was about 20.
From 2003 until 2006 I took Celtic shamanism classes. These include some trance and journeying practices. I've also, in the past, read some books about the power of prayer, positive affirmations, other types of meditations, Shamanic journeying and magic work. See more about my metaphysical experiences and other information in my Metaphysical, Occult, Spiritual, Shamanism, New Age and so on section of my Website.
I started attending The University of New Mexico - Taos in the fall of 2002. I never attended college before in my younger days. It was fun and I learned a lot about myself! I learned that I'm quite smart! I also worked as a work-study student at the UNM-Taos Library from 2004 to the beginning of 2008. I am no longer attending college. I might take some classes in the future, maybe not.
I started working part-time, for pay, at the same UNM-Taos library in March of 2014. That's the same library where I did student work-study work mentioned above. I liked it there. It was a "real" job and I made a per-hour salary. But... I quit this job on May 2 of 2016. I worked there for 2 years and 2 months. ... Then I retired. ... Sure, I liked the job but it got to be too much and I was starting to make too many mistakes; I was ready to retire, so I quit when I turned 65. Now I'm retired and enjoying life. Above is a photo I took of the Klauer campus in winter of 2014 or 2015.
Life goes on and on. And I never know what I will do next. I say I am a 30 year old in a seventy-something body. I don't ever want to grow up!
I love music of most kinds. I usually say I won't listen to Jazz. I sometimes listen to Country music, particularly if we watch the Country Music Awards. I even listen to some of the new stuff - even occasionally Hip Hop and a bit of Rap.
In the past I was self-employed building and maintaining web sites and doing other types of computer work. I did that since 1997! I'm not doing that any more. I'm retired as of 2016. I quit all my clients at the beginning of 2018 and I'm not taking any more new clients. Like I said above, I am retired. I am still maintaining and working on my own website. I'll probably do that until I can't any more.
Since 2010 Bert and I have been living in a little cabin-like house totally off the grid out in the middle of nowhere about a 30-40 minute drive from Taos, NM. It's lovely, quiet, and we see beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the endless scenery! If you want to see more pictures you'll have to check out my Photo Albums here on my website. For more recent pictures, go to my Facebook or Instagram. See links below.
Added in April of 2020: What a weird year. We are now having the pandemic of the Corona Virus - Covid-19. We are well and so is Erica. Erica got laid off from her job that she'd had since 2002. We are supposed to stay home. We do go to town once a week but our spa, most restaurants, the movie theater, schools, and the liquor stores are closed, among other things. Like I said, it's weird. I hope this thing clears up by the summer and everything goes back to normal.
Added October 2022: Covid seems to be pretty much over. I hope so anyway. We've been getting all the shots as they become available. We are still enjoying life in our little house on "The Mesa." Erica lost her job totally. The place shut down. She's looking for another job. I hope she finds something she likes with people who are kind to her and to each other.
I feel that life is what you make of it and I believe in keeping a positive attitude.
If you would like to know more about me read my ramblings elsewhere and check out my other Sites & Pages on my "All Site Links" Page.
Also see Houses / Places I Have Lived.