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The World According to Mariam

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So, who am I?

The first defining aspect of my life is motherhood. I have three great kids, who are now grown.
 
The next thing would have to be womanhood. If I was I guy , my life would be totally different!
 
I am a writer, a photographer, an artist, a songwriter, singer, guitar player, lover, hostess...
 
I have been a waitress, student, trophy queen (think: race cars), director, bartender...
 
Finally, I must admit, I am a spiritual person. But you have to throw out any ideas of religion or definitions of God, because I think God is bigger than our conception and personal to each of us. Like my favorite line in the film, Jurassic Park, "Life finds a way." God finds a way to communicate with all of creation. I believe in resonation of God's Glory. I believe Jesus is the light, is the truth and is the way. But each of us has our own awakening, and for good or bad, religion IS the opiate of the masses.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have also lived in Georgia and Utah. I love road trips and have seen most of America. Some of the best big cities I've visited are Denver, Chicago, New York, LA, Bangkok, New York, San Francisco... Now, my heart is in Cambodia - where I plan to spend a lot of time in the near future.
 
Keep in touch - I may be coming to a town near you soon!

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

The Little Princess (Shirley Temple)
The Spitfire Grill
What About Bob?
The Wedding Singer
Donnie Brasco
Over the Edge
You've Got Mail
Naughty Marietta
Apt Pupil
Little Miss Sunshine
TransAmerica
Overboard
and many more...

Here's a list of some of my favorite music:

Influences:
Carole King
John Denver
Simon & Garfunkel
Peter, Paul & Mary
Joan Baez

Classic Rock:
Peter Frampton (Comes Alive)
Bad Company
Lynard Skynard

Pop/Alternative:
U2
Avril Levine
Alanis Morisette
Jewel
ColdPlay

Country:
The Dixie Chicks
Patty Loveless
Rascal Flats
Dwight Yoakum
Martina McBride
Keith Urban
Faith Hill
Tim McGraw

Jazz:
Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Diana Krall
Nora Jones

Christian:
Randy Stonehill
Phil Keagy
Bryan Duncan
WhiteCross
DeGarmo & Key
Rich Mullins
Amy Grant

Here are some of my favorite authors:
Patricia Cornwell
Sue Grafton
Henry James
Lillian Jackson Braun