I make my living as a private investigator in Colorado. Check out my website: thepifactor.com for more specific information.
I'm a third generation native of Colorado. My great-grandfather was a gold miner and also the first mayor of San Miguel County in southern Colorado. My grandmother was born in Ouray, Colorado. She loved telling the story of when she rode over a 12,000 foot mountain pass on a horse drawn sleigh making her the first woman into a Colorado mining camp in Gunnison County. She was a school teacher, a sharp shooter and could cast an awesome fly on the streams. I was blessed to have grown up with her.
My grandfather on my mother's side was an attorney, back in the days when it was held in the eyes of many as an honorable profession. He was a self made man. Growing up, he helped support his widowed mother and family, and went on to put himself through law school.
I'M ALSO A WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER ....
My goal through the use of a camera lens is to bring their world into focus to expand our own. I also want to share my belief that all life matters. I posit that if the human race embraced that single concept -- all life matters -- we'd be closer to peace on this beautiful and glorious, but quite messed up planet.
Made it into the National Geographic online edition:
My great-grandfather was a professional photographer and my dad, a geologist by degree, was a hobby photographer. I loved assisting him in the dark room. As I slowly stirred the chemicals and plucked the photographic sheets from black tray to black tray, I never tired of watching the blank paper magically turn into images.
I love trying to capture the ‘soul of the scene’, but I have much to learn; oodles and oodles to learn. Fortunately, it’s the journey behind the lens that’s so extraordinarily intoxicating, that makes learning an adventure all its own. Photography is a passion with endless rewards. The best compliment I can ever receive is when someone lets me know a photo has moved them or inspired them.
AND AN ARTIST . . .
An important part of my life is creatively expressed through my painting, welding, and photography. I'm drawn to avante-garde style in all my artistic endeavors. The great curator, Josine Ianco Starrels, once wrote, "Avante-garde artists, by definition, depart from what already exists and thereby change the way we perceive things." That concept appeals to me. Some of my work was on display in Colorado in Denver's art district. More of my abstract paintings here.
Below are a few photos from my Asia travels that took me through Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Bali.
Top left: Going under! Mahoot Elephant training in Thailand in 2007.
Botttom left: Typical reaction to (me) a nearly six-foot American woman traveling through Asia.
On the right: This was my Russian Minsk motorcycle that I toured around Vietnam on for six days. We covered 900km. Click on bike for my travelogue.
VIETNAM ON MOTORCYCLE
Click on the ladybugs to go to an online website where my photos can be viewed and purchased as greeting cards, canvas prints, framed prints, calendars, postcards and photographic prints to frame yourself. You can also contact me directly for affordable framed prints.
I IMAGINE A BETTER WORLD ...
..... when what people value has more to do with what they love doing than about what money can buy. Going after your passions and leading a life inspired by them is central to what drives my own life and is something I encourage others to experience. That's why the idea of humans and animals being enslaved is so intolerable to me. Freedom, not only in a political sense, but freedom to choose one's own path in life, should be everyone's right. On a global and cultural level, this right should be embraced and nurtured. It's incomprehensibly vile to think of how the greed of some humans and the thirst for power over others, devastates the lives of so many -- human and animal.
Read why I call my site livehonestly
Something I care deeply about is crusading against animal and human trafficking, and taking down Monsanto.
I also advocate for animal and human rights. You'll find links to these causes throughout this website, but you
will not find advertisers. This is a labor of love website and I tried google ads, but they drove me crazy. Instead,
I focus on my passions and promote my art, my books, my photography and my agenda for a better world. If
I inspire in anyway, I have added a few 'donate' buttons for those of you who have some discretionary income,
but please know that I value you stopping by just to browse. An email or comment left is equally appreciated.
TIGER TEMPLE INVESTIGATED FOR ANIMAL TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of petting a tiger or riding an elephant. The photo of me petting the tiger was taken at the Tiger Temple outside of Bangkok when I solo traveled through Asia for five months between October 2006 and March 2007. On June 22, 2009, I learned some devastating news. While petting real tigers was a highlight experience in my life, it appears that the Tiger Temple violates all that I stand for..... read a very disturbing report by CWI: Care For The Wild International.
When I was at the sanctuary, I sought out volunteers to interview because I was curious and concerned about what was going on behind-the-tourist-scene. One young man was a school teacher from Australia on his summer break. He said he witnessed nothing abusive during his month long stay and highly recommended becoming a volunteer. Another young volunteer said it was the best experience she ever had. I specifically asked if the tigers were drugged so that tourists could pet them. I was told definitely not and assured that tigers sleep an average of 17 hours a day. It never occured to me that the tigers might be trafficked versus being "rescued tigers", but that's one of the claims in CWI's report backed by man other reputable organizations.
I don't know the truth, but I'm devastated at the thought that I may have supported a fraudulent, animal abusing organization. [Anyone with more knowledge is welcome to email me.] I'm going to continue investigating these charges. This is a huge lesson to all of us... We need more knowledge so that we don't innocently contribute to animal abuse and trafficking!
".....endangered animals are the new blood diamonds for militias and warlords...." This is a must read article about the horrendous cruelty and exploitation of animals. Learn about how you may be unknowingly supporting the killing of elephants, rhinos and tigers .....
Boda was a 10 month old Asian bear who was rescued after his mother was killed by poachers. He was playful like a big puppy. I met Boda and the macaque (grooming me above) , who was also rescued from poachers, at the trail head on the Gibbon Experience where I zip lined to in Northern Laos in the Bokeo Reserve. We were looking for gibbons and stayed two nights in tree houses. I saw some civets - no gibbons - but it was beautiful with awesome ziplining.
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My granddaughter took this of me fly fishing before she was taken away from me. She was 4 that summer. My father put a fly rod in my hand at the tender age of 3. For my 5th birthday, he gave me my very own pole.