Our Contributors

Glenn Baja

I’m a self-professed madman, adventurer, photographer, certified High-Performance Coach, martial artist, and licensed physical trainer specializing in senior fitness. My passion is to continue growing and developing into my own unique, gifted, and joyful authenticity, while committing myself towards doing my own special part to help change the world. My mission is to help others find their own direction and purpose in life, by means of mentoring, teaching, and empowering.

Diana Elarde

Diana Creel Elarde is a PSYCH-K® facilitator, author of the book, A Star in My Hand, and a three-time contributing author in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. You can reach Diana at www.emerginginsightsgroup.com or at diana@insight11.com.

Michael Hervey

Michael Hervey is a freelance writer who lives in Los Gatos, California.

He graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in Political Science and worked in a Wall Street bank before setting off on a life of discovery and adventure.  He joined the United States Marines, attained the rank of Captain, was a fixed-wing/helicopter pilot, and a Squadron Legal Officer. He also held senior sales positions in the semiconductor, software, and wireless industries

Harold has written seven (7) eBooks on travel, food, and business plus numerous articles and blogs about lifestyles, current events, and politics.

Stan Chernicoff

Stan Chernicoff has brought geology alive to roughly 45,000 bright and curious students during his 30-year teaching career at the University of Washington. Stan was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000 and the 2005 James Clowes Award for the Enhancement of Academic Learning Communities on campus. He is deeply committed to sharing his knowledge of the Northwest’s ever-present geological dangers with his Seattle neighbors so that they may both appreciate and prepare for the myriad geologic hazards in this special corner of the world. Stan is also the author of a passel of college-level geology textbooks that have introduced physical and historical geology to a generation of American geology students.

Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday is an award winning novelist and editor. When she’s not writing, she enjoys martial arts and outdoor sports. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her family and a small zoo. You can read more at www.jessfaraday.com.

Dr. Dawn Ferrara

Dr. Dawn Ferrara has over twenty years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist as well as a Certified Health Coach. Dr. Ferrara is passionate about helping her clients find solutions that work and believes that every person has the power and ability to be successful. When not working, she can usually be found in the gym or spending time with her husband and their silly Black Lab, Riley, enjoying the sights and sounds of South Louisiana.

Carolyn Fields

I am a lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, life optimizer, and all around bon vivant. After graduating from college as a music major, I quickly found that I would need a “real” job if I wanted to move out on my own and get married. I found one with Southern California Gas Company. Of my 32 years there, I spent over 20 years in Human Resources, specializing in workforce training, instructional design, and performance improvement, as well as competency-based job skills training and behavior-based safety courses. I also earned several profession certifications and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Redlands.

In additional to my professional interests, I am a multifarious musician who started my music studies early in life, playing piano at age three. By the time I reached High School I had added clarinet, saxophone, and flute to my list of favorite instruments, and was very active in the music program. I won numerous awards at Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) festivals, played twice in the All State Honor Band, and was awarded a music scholarship from the Burbank Women’s Chorus Club. Even while working at SoCalGas, I found time to participate in several musical groups on my own time.

After early retirement (at age 55), I started a new career as a freelance author and contract instructional designer. My early writing efforts were around my professional interests and expertise, which resulted in my first published book, “Instructional Design is NOT Obsolete.” I recently published my second book, “Procrastinators Unite! Tomorrow.” I’m currently working on a novel (who isn’t?), and have started to branch out to include a wider range of topics, from politics to weight loss.

Starting over is not new to me. On a personal note, my husband of 28 years died suddenly and tragically of a massive heart attack, leaving me a widow at the tender age of 50. Never having been one to feel sorry for myself (at least not for long), I started over in my private life as well. Today I have a wonderful new family, and I’m building a new house in a state halfway across the country from where I spent most of my life. I have joined some local music groups, and travel at least three times a year. Every day is an adventure. Sometimes I need to demonstrate my problem solving skills a little more than I would like, but there’s never a dull moment!

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