Hello everyone, I joined the site about a week ago. At this point, I'm still trying to find my way around it! It's probably a generational thing, but cyberspace navigating is not an intuitive thing for me. When I landed here one night I was curious about how the site was run, and especially what the participants were like. So far, I have really enjoyed reading some of the writing posted here, and I have entered one contest. I think I have always loved to write, and whether or not I am a "good" writer, my primary reason for doing it is just for the joy of doing it. Yes, it would be nice to get positive feedback from others, but I also think constructive criticism from peers is as valuable (if not more so!). I live in Utah and am a nurse by profession. I love my job because I get to spend a fair amount of one-on-one time with my patients. Connecting with them and finding out who they are as people rather than classifying them as an ailment is very important and satisfying to me. I'm not much into trendy things. I don't watch much television. I DO spend too much time on the internet! Besides writing, the other activity that brings me joy is painting. I feel the same way about painting as I do my writing. I hope to get to know some of you and share ideas. Thanks for reading my blurb!