Articles (especially those focused at training or teaching), blog posts, print newspapers, e-zines and speeches.
Cindy has a wide variety of interests and hobbies. She is an adventurous and spontaneous cook, whipping up delicious meals for her family with whatever is available in the kitchen. She and her husband raise much of their own food which she preserves by freeze-drying, as well as canning, freezing and dehydrating.
Her husband has recently started beekeeping and raising quail.
She delights in all things related to nature, plants and animals.
After overcoming cancer using natural means, she strives to create a healthier environment for herself and her family. She is interested in self-sufficiency, homesteading and green living.
She finds pleasure in learning new things and often researches topics just for the pleasure of doing so.
Pets have always held a place in her home and heart. She currently shares her home (and bed) with a cat and two dogs, all adopted from shelters.
She and her husband of 40 years also adopted a sibling group of three older children through the CPS system. Anyone who has ever adopted a troubled child understands all too well the difficulties they faced to raise the children to become productive citizens.
She enjoys many types of arts and crafts. She uses her talents to create meaningful gifts for those who are special to her. She wishes she had more time to curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fire, a glass of wine in hand. Unfortunately, she lives in Texas, so she just might have to ditch the fire for all but a few days in the coldest of winter! The wine and book ... she'll keep.
After initially pursuing a degree in computer science, Cindy switched to mechanical drafting and design. Although a male dominated field, she graduated at the top of her class.
Cindy founded and ran an agency that provided nonmedical in-home care to adults for more than 12 years. As the owner, she wore many hats allowing her to learn much about the effects of aging from many different perspectives … from helping responsible adults determine the care needed for their loved ones while at the same time providing the needed assistance herself, or through one of her employees.
Over those 12 years, she came face-to-face with many, if not most, of the issues that individuals must face as the years creep up and overtake them. This required her to educate herself about many different issues so that she could provide the best advice and care possible.
She created company newsletters for her employees and clients to help disseminate some of the information to as many as possible. She hosted a weekly radio show where she shared information about caregiving issues.
More recently, she has published caregiving articles on a few content and revenue-sharing websites and her own personal websites. The exposure that she received through these venues has led her to begin work on writing a book about caregiving, targeted more specifically to Alzheimer’s care.
Because many of her clients were dealing with dementia, and in an effort to provide the best care possible, she went to Boston and studied under Dr. Lynn Lazarus Serper. Under Dr. Serper’s tutelage, she became a certified cognitive educator utilizing the Serper Method. This allowed her to work first-hand with individuals dealing with cognitive difficulties. Clients that she worked with cognitively struggled with various forms of dementia and brain cancer that resulted in the removal of part of the brain.
Raised by her grandparents, Cindy grew up on a small north Texas farm. While in high school, she worked at a dairy helping to milk the cows and clean the barn. Her summers were spent working in the fields of several local farmers where she led a small crew that was paid to walk with a hoe or shovel removing the weeds from the fields. She has a vast amount of experience in gardening, horticulture and animal husbandry and has written hundreds of articles covering various aspects of these topics. She has a special interest in growing and using herbs for culinary, as well as, medicinal purposes.
Cindy has taken formal homesteading classes where she received instruction as well as practical application in various aspects of homesteading. The instruction encompassed hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures which covered organic gardening, growing and using herbs, beekeeping, planning and maintaining orchards and vineyards, caring for poultry and dairy animals, water supply, fencing, barns and sheds. She and her husband are gradually implementing much of what she learned to become as self-sufficient as possible.
Currently, they raise rabbits and Coturnix quail for meat, grow much of their own vegetables, maintain a small orchard and have recently set up two bee colonies.
Cindy also completed training as a master naturalist. Her training and subsequent activities as a master naturalist have touched on many of these same issues.
Cindy M. created a full year's worth of curriculum for elementary aged children for a Christian church.
She also wrote for the examiner as their Dallas Christian Living Examiner.
Being a small business owner herself, Cindy has a lot of experience within this industry. She has written hundreds of articles in this industry from various viewpoints.
As a business owner, Cindy has developed her various company websites and marketing materials. She created newsletters for her company's clients as well as its employees. She created her company's operating procedures and employee training materials.
Animals, domestic and wild, are one of Cindy’s passions. For Cindy, a pet is an integral part of the true definition of home. Her own pet family has included dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, cockatiels, love birds, parakeets, and tropical fish (marine, cichlid and freshwater). Although this list appears to be quite inclusive, she did draw the line when it came to reptiles. As a child, she even had a pet coyote!
Having been raised on a farm, and exploring the option of homesteading, Cindy is able to share her expertise concerning the care of animals found in an agricultural environment as well.
As a master naturalist, Cindy has a broad base of experience with the needs of Texas wildlife, and wildlife in general.
She has written numerous articles about pets. Article topics include general pet care, pet wellness, specific pet health and care issues, and breed specific articles.
Cindy and her husband adopted three emotionally disturbed children. This experience required her to become more actively involved in the parenting process. Because of her children's disabilities, she home-schooled them to do all she could to insure their success in life.
Having experienced the difficulties of raising children with deep-seated emotional issues, she became very knowledgeable in many different aspects of childhood development. This was accomplished through formal parenting classes, formal and informal counselling sessions, and lots of in-depth research.
Cindy and her husband also owned an agency that provided non-medical in-home care for adults for 12 years. During this time she witnessed first hand families struggling to make the best choices possible for their families as they coped with the difficulties caused by illness and aging.
Cindy enjoys cooking. She loves to experiment with food combinations and different cuisines. She finds great satisfaction in sharing her creations with others.
Her creations have in fact garnered her many blue ribbons through the years.
Because of this love, she has written numerous food articles and blog posts.
Cindy M. takes great pride in being able to design and create a beautiful and comfortable home. She and here husband have worked together to turn their home into their sanctuary.
Being a crafter, Cindy has created hundreds of arts and crafts projects over the years. She has shared them with friends and family and enjoys using them to decorate her home.
She has created craft projects to be used with the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and for children to complete in church and elementary school. She has documented the creation of many of these projects on various writing platforms and as handouts to be freely used by various groups.
Cindy grew up on a farm where at least 80% of the food her family consumed was raised and processed by the family.
Cindy loves to garden, growing vegetables and herbs for her family to use and enjoy. She has an herb garden and uses many herbs medicinally.
She has also taken great pride in her ability to create a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor living space through the use of landscaping plants and flowers.
Cindy M. has written several articles about the health issues that women face, especially as they age.
She has also been diagnosed and is currently going through treatment for breast cancer. She is blogging her experience as she journeys through the process of treating her breast cancer as naturally as possible.
Cindy M. was responsible for the creation of all marketing materials for 'On the Wings of Angels' during its 10+ years of existence.
She continues to create marketing materials and to build websites for other businesses as a business consultant.
Cindy M. likes to study and dream about interesting places she would like to someday visit. When she finds a place that is interesting to her, she creates an article to share the experience with others.
Cindy M. has pursued many interests over the years, including coin collecting, stamp collecting, quilting and homesteading. Additionally, she completed the strenuous training to become a certified Master Naturalist. She enjoys creating beautiful items and is able to create how-to articles with clear concise instructions, making it possible for anyone to recreate the process.
As the owner and founder of the company, Cindy M. created the policies and procedures that remained with the company throughout its 10-year existence.
She also wrote their employee training manuals for their caregivers and their cognitive educators.
Cindy M. who uses Photoshop to create graphics for websites and marketing materials is currently co-authoring a book about the use of Photoshop for the beginner. This book will be beneficial for the user even if they do not have a photographic background.
Cindy M., who was raised by her grandparents, grew up in an alcoholic home but has been able to build a stable and loving relationship with her spouse of 33 years.
She and her husband were able to provide a loving home to their three adoptive children despite the children's previous abusive upbringing.
Her experiences in life have equipped her to look at relationships and find what does and does not work.
Cindy has crafted blog posts covering various industry types such as cooking and personal chef, gardening and herbs, caregiving and eldercare, inspirational and business.
Cindy M. has written hundreds of articles on self-publishing platforms covering many different subjects. She has also acted as a ghost writer on various occasions.
She has published hundreds of blogs and articles under her own name, under other companies' names and as a ghost blogger.
Cindy owns her own consulting business building websites and writing content utilizing various platforms available on the internet. She understands the importance of SEO and branding to create a web presence that will get you noticed.
Cindy M. is in the process of writing a book for caregivers who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. After seeing her writings on HubPages, she suggested that her approach to the subject was both thorough and compassionate.