Saturday, September 14, 2013

Meet the Blogger!

Still Adventuring

                           After All These Years!


B. Marie Jarreau
began her adventures as a U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller shortly after graduating from high school in her native New Orleans and immediately enlisting in the military ‘a few decades ago.’ 

Since those exciting days, she has seized opportunities to be involved in a myriad of unusual and fascinating experiences.  Radar operator on a deep water shrimp trawler off the Yucatan Peninsula, Pacific island tour guide, broadcast radio DJ, student pilot, freelance writer/photographer and print journalist with an exciting portfolio, are but a few of the occupations that fill Marie’s history and from which she draws her musical and creative-writing inspiration.
The once painfully shy little girl grew up to be quite the adventuress who has crisscrossed the U.S. just to see what she could see.  A bronco-busting, bull-riding petite lady, she has always had an insatiable curiosity about life and what makes things ‘tic.’
After spending decades as mother and housewife and hospital administrative worker; after rearing her two children and finally divorce; Marie has returned to that same curious, adventurous spirit that has carried her down roads less traveled by women in those earlier times.

                                                                   Serenade at CopperDog Studio, Winnipeg, Canada

 Marie began work as writer/photographer for a weekly newspaper while living in southeastern Ohio in 1996. She continued in journalism with another weekly news paper after relocating to Oregon but she has been observing life and its mysteries since her childhood in the South. With that insatiable curiosity, especially for all things wild and natural, Marie has lived and worked and visited areas throughout the continental U.S., Canada and the Yucatan Peninsula. Her travels, hobbies and personal interests often provide subjects for a varied range of written, photographic, illustrative and even musical works.
As a journalist/freelance writer, subjects of her work included feature stories, politics, sports, community affairs, art, science, landscape and land-use, wildlife and special interest issues. She has photographed, interviewed and published stories about a number of high level political figures as well as humble hobbyists and other interesting, average private folk for a variety of periodicals. She created, developed, self-published and personally distributed a small local periodical called "Good News" for which she also produced the written and photographic content. "Good News" focused primarily on art and artists in and around southeastern Oregon's high desert.
With a life-long love of learning and sharing information Marie has enjoyed a number of interesting careers and occupations which include:
- US Air Force and Navy Air Traffic Controller (Radar Approach Controller/Instructor)
- Radar Operator on deepwater shrimp trawler (fishing the deep waters off the Yucatan Peninsula)

- Disc-Jockey for KIBL AM radio station, Beeville, Texas  

- Fulltime writer/photographer and freelancer (WA, OH, OR)

- Admin. assistant for a local network television station in Florida, and until 2011, in a clerical position for a hospital radiology/imaging department.
Marie and 'friend' 1974
Since retiring in 2011 she has returned to her deep love of music as vocalist and guitarist with a fancy for writing her own songs as well as performing well-known standards from blues to jazz, folk, pop, country and even bluegrass, Celtic tunes and more!
The latest CD ‘Listen To The Noise’, (a gratis-project)  produced by a good friend at CopperDog Studio of Winnipeg, Canada, was released in August 2013.
Interests and hobbies include: Family (two grown daughters living their own adventurous lives away from home), vocalist, guitarist, pen and ink artist, woodworking artist, organic gardener, amateur astronomer, seashell collector; photography, story-teller, writing a series of children’s books, fiber arts, watercolor, friendships and conversation, maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.
Marie now spends her time exploring new adventures since relocating to the fascinating landscape of Arizona. Writing songs, performing, recording, and starting her own writer’s blog (TheCobbleStoneMuse) ensure opportunities to continue to share her literary skills, and a return to her love of music AND as a Customer Service Representative for the US Forest Service and the Prescott National Forest.  
Marie Jarreau, checking out a bareback bronc at the 1975 California State Fair Rodeo!


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