Thank you for visiting my website.
I’m Maureen Helen and I want to celebrate my zest for life and share my enthusiasm for life-long-learning with you. My blogs reflect my many interests and often include tips to help people enjoy life, whatever their age.
Originally hospital trained as a registered nurse and midwife, my long career in the helping professions included work as a nurse in different settings such as a women’s hospital, community nursing and aged care.
While a stay-home mother with my six children, I completed a degree in social science. Years later, I added a counselling course at Edith Cowan University and worked as a relationship counsellor. For several years, I tutored in introductory and family sociology and in social research methods at Curtin University.
My last full-time position was as chief executive officer at Advocare Inc. which advocates on behalf of people receiving aged care services. When we discovered how many older people in aged care facilities and in the community were being abused by people they should have been able to trust, we set up the first elder abuse prevention unit in Western Australia.
I have always loved writing but opportunities were limited. Before I retired, I made up my mind to take my writing seriously. I completed a Masters Degree in Writing, and was delighted to be accepted as a doctoral candidate to complete a PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University. My first book, Other People’s Country, was published in 2008.
I met my second husband, learned to sail an ocean-going yacht, and eloped to Paris on our honeymoon before the launch of the book. I put serious writing on the back-burner, but have now started to write a novel.
Why I blog
Blogging is a hobby that I take seriously. Having come to the digital world late, I don’t speak the language fluently, but I do love the challenge of exploring new ideas and learning new skills. There are plenty of opportunities for both (and, of course, for writing and research) in my world of blogging.
The most important reason why I blog is that it provides a place to communicate. It’s a way to exchange ideas and develop friendships. I’m always delighted when readers comment on my posts, and happy to write about topics suggested by other people.