New Zealand – Middle-earth Squire


I am Brenda Stapleton, a professional writer and social media enthusiast. Adaptability is my best characteristic, and humility is my worst. I am the founding columnist of “from the park bench” and blogger of "touring from the park bench". As a writer of freelance works, technical communications, articles, blogs, and the like, I have had the honor and the privilege of working with a very diverse group of people over the years. All have in some way enhanced my understanding, personally or professionally of their expertise, encouraging me to continue to seek knowledge and certifications in fields other than just those pursuant to a single degree program. Professionally- My professional accolades presently include a host of published articles and blogs with Faith Filled Family Magazine, as well as freelance writing from interviews with Voltron Publicity. The column “From the Park Bench” was published weekly in the Ruston Daily Leader from its inception. Through the Louisiana Department of Education and teaching the University of Louisiana at Monroe, I was an educator of grades 3, 5, 7-8, and 9-12 for five years. Through the University of Louisiana at Monroe RN program, I worked and trained as a registered nurse for five years. Being well-versed in both the Arts and Sciences, I hold a BA and MA in Criminal Justice with an undergraduate minor in Sociology, and graduate work in English. I was certified through (POST) Police Officer Standards Training after competing the professional law enforcement training academy in 1995, and worked in investigations for seven years. Personally- I grew up in Columbia, Louisiana in the same house, where my parents still live today. I began my life literally, stumbling every day of the way. I was fitted for my first set of braces on my legs, just so I could walk. I would wear braces on my legs, until the age of four, and orthopedic shoes until the age of six. Thinking the past was behind me, I took the world in leaps and bounds, until at the peak of my career, I faced yet another set-back, only this one, left me with a neurological injury that was irreversible. Since then, I have continuously chased a career, where my work ethic and my passions driving me forward, would often be pushed aside due to disability. Armed with a sense of humor, a desire to stay in the game of life, and a dream, I have continued on. I remember the words of Robert Frost often, “I took the road less traveled,” and I, too have learned many things along the way. I’ve learned the day is scarier than the night, for you will see the harm that befalls you. I’ve learned unconditional love is never stronger than in the very young, and in the very old. I’ve learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing, a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate so much. I’ve learned the only certainty in life, is death- be ready. I’ve learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and I’ve learned that patience is the most taught virtue. I often find myself deeply overwhelmed by nature, and I’ve come to realize how important grounding is for the body and soul. It’s the fleeting moments people don’t take advantage of, like when you are caught in a rainstorm, or snowflakes begin to fall, and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of your skin. Have you ever watched over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud as it blooms? It is almost like watching your children grow, all too quickly, they aren’t children anymore. At the Moment- I am currently writing my first book. My two greatest accomplishments call me momma. These two beautiful ladies are inspirational to me, each in their own way, having faced their own giants, and still stand so strong. They are learning about life now, and are actively seeking their purpose in this world, through the pursuit of their own dreams. With the past behind me, my footing is a bit steadier, and I too, am focusing on what comes. Leaving my old dreams behind me, I am concentrating on writing, and continuing on with whatever comes my way, with pen and paper in hand.

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