education administrative assistant to psychologists and related services
in elementary education for 20 years, I rekindled my love of writing
in 1991 (at the tender age of 55). With a background in the performing arts,
I first chose to write about my true passion - the cinema; specifically,
actress Maureen O'Hara. Having long been intrigued with the many dimensions
of the spirited Ms. O'Hara, I began research on her life and career that
has been ongoing for over fifteen years. My initial research evolved
into a website in 1995. It was a great media to share my findings and
would eventually become a popular website thanks to her
support and that of her brother, producer Charles B. FitzSimons.
What a treat it is to be able to assist networks and organizations like American Movie Classics, Turner Classic Movies, Disney/Buena Vista, CNN-Larry King Live, CBS, New England Air Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Marymount College, The Immigration Law Foundation, Heartland Movie Film Festival; and publications: Aviation & Business Journal, Irish Voice, Irish American, Irish Connections, Desert Shamrock, Irish Eyes and numerous publications and TV stations in Ireland. On August 17th, 2010 Ms. O'Hara celebrated her 90th Birthday and she was honored at serveral celebrations in Ireland, along with TV and radio interviews. Another special event was when she returned to her home town of Renalagh, a suburb of Dublin, to launch their Arts Festival shortly after her birthday in 2010.
I also enjoy writing about my family and surprised myself by winning an awards for an essay about my beloved mother, and my five children. It has been an adventure that is highlighted by the composition of this website dedicated to Maureen O'Hara. My favorite motto has always been a motivating factor in this little adventure of the past years. "To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream - Not only plan, but also believe." (Anatole France). I truly feel that a strong "belief," coupled with effort, is possibly the most important part of this formula. The animated film "An American Tale" has a great tune called "Never Say Never" with a lyrical phrasing that includes the words, "....Hope for the best, and work for the rest." Well dear friends, I'm still working, and still hoping and thoroughly enjoying the adventure along the way.
Thank you Ms. O'Hara for your friendship and support of my efforts in perpetuating your image, life, and career on the Internet .
and Gentle People" - An essay I wrote and published in the Ashton
Gazette - Dec. 2003, on my nostalgic return to my home town in the
village of Ashton, Illinois - Lots of memories there.
When you're the only girl with four big brothers, as well as the youngest...
you get a solo headshot. Now you have to move over for my new grandson, Ryan Christopher, born November 20th, 2003.
As cute as the picture above may be - that was taken a few years back - Now little Rayn (on this update 1-09) has two younger
sisters and a baby brother - below: The Rodriguez kids
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