The Michelle Story, Abridged:

Started blogging professionally when self-employement coach Jackie B. Peterson of Better, Smarter, Richer asked me to start blogging for her website Better, Smarter, Richer. After years of working jobs that didn’t really excite me, the opporutnity to write on a regular basis - and get paid for it - was a revelation. In many ways went back to my college days studying journalism, but wasn’t sure how to make a living at it. Now I am, and it is fulfilling.


  1. Better, Smarter, Richer focuses on encore entrepreneurs. And many of her clients run small businesses that focus on senior care and healthy aging. Writing case studies about these areas got me interested in writing for and about aging issues and senior care.

    2.  Served at the Baha'i' World Center, in Haifa, Israel.

3.  Traveled around Africa volunteering for Social Economic Development projects.  Initially went for 3 months.  Ended up staying for 16 months.  

4.  Published Letters of the West: An ABC Book of the Many Plants, Animals, and Other Curious Features of the West.  Co-written and illustrated by John Maddin.

5.  I have worked in three libraries:

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Molalla Public Library, Molalla, Oregon.  Clackamas County's longest, continuously open library at 117 years!

International Archival Library, Baha'i' World Center, Haifa, Israel.  I volunteered as Periodicals Assistant for 2.5 years.