As a published writer whose work has appeared in Scripps Howard, World Health, and others, my material is better traveled than I (one piece even appeared in Asian Bride). My writing career has been ongoing but I delved deeper into it when I retired from teaching and real estate, in the past 5 years. This past summer I launched my blog "Encouragement in a Difficult World: Biddy Bytes" at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.biddybytes.com">www.biddybytes.com</a> as a means of focusing on the things society and people do right. Frankly, I was tired of all the negativity with which we are hit every day; there are too many good soldiers working profound differences daily. They get little attention while the less deserving command the spotlight. Since I've been a survivor of so many life crises, I thought I'd share some of my positive messages to give others hope.