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E.T.SIMON ... Keeping the Bio Real and Transparent ...
E. T. SIMON is more often like a transplanted palm tree from the land of Santiago de Cuba where she was born to a Cuban, Tulane University, lawyer educated father and, a Mississippi, mother, great-granddaughter of American Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens who is credited with the victory against the British in the Battle of the Cowpens. Although at times, E.T. Simon is more like, the fruit of the pecan of her Mississippi grandparents pecan farm of long ago, or even like the Sycamore so firmly rooted in the Florida Peninsula. As such, the daughter of bi-cultural, bi-lingual parents, E.T. Simon navigated the bi-cultural ties, bi-lingual shores of her birth, while learning to appreciate Cuban and Southern cuisine and cultures, from a very early age.

At the age of 15, two years after her mother's death, she dreamt about running away from her home to join the , "Bohemians" of the 1950s in New York's Greenwich Village and become a writer. She did not. In 1961, at the age of 18 her father sent her across the pond to her mother's family in Mississippi in an effort to keep her from falling prey to Fidel Castro's repressive agents who were on her trail for her opposition to Fidel Castro.
Bumpy rides, or not, In 1976, E.T. Simon, after twelve years of part time studies, with in-between times-off for parenting, obtained her B.A. in English with a Major in Literature and a double minor in Psychology and Philosophy. In 1985 she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling and in 1987 her License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Her quest to pursue a MFA in Creative Writing was derailed when a stuffed shirt Chaucer Literature Professor graded her paper on The Prioress Tale short of the A she needed to establish her credentials in the MFA Creative Writing Program, even while receiving the support of the Academic Dean who told her with a certain urgency, "don't stop writing. You'll find a way."
Prior to pursuing her graduate studies in counseling, Ms. E.T. Simon joined a Creative Writing Group where she honed in on some of the art and craft of writing and had the pleasure of attending poetry readings by Tess Gallagher, Denise Levertov, Rutabaga Rose and others.
Following her 1985 graduation, Ms. E.T. Simon proceeded to work as a counselor/family therapist until 1998 when, following surgery, she became a near recluse and has remained a near recluse for the last twelve years or so.
It was during those years that she worked as a counselor/family therapist that Ms. E.T. Simon learned that grief is a powerful agent which often contributes to the derailing of families; that human hearts can bury grief for generations and generations with the grief popping up unexpectedly as a symptom anywhere, sometimes even in someone else further along in the generations.
Ms. E.T. Simon also learned that when careful unearthing of buried grief happens and a person is enabled to truly grieve the pain of a loss they have been holding on to for years, then rebalancing of the derailment takes place and true healing occurs.

Writing is a lifelong love of E.T. Simon's, and whether she kept her writings buried in dusty drawers, or shared them with university professors, writers' groups, editors, or published them, the writer's flame burns undying in her. The flame of truth also burns in her along with the need to stand up for the underdog, of which, today, she finds herself to be one. This blended well in her throughout her years of computer activism for peace and social justice.

E.T. Simon's articles have been published under the name of TERESA SIMON-NOBLE, the pen name of ELENA DUMAS; and at times, under the additional pen name of SKYAGUNSTA, or SKYAGUNSTA PICKENS, both of which are a direct reference to her great-great-grandfather Brigadier General Andrew Pickens who was named "Skyagunsta," by Native Americans who came to appreciate him as a man of conscience. Please also know that whether the articles have been signed with one name, or another; with a pen name, or another, the writings have always come straight from my heart, my perception, and my core values.
In other words, it has always been me, and only me, writing the articles.

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2015
At The Dentist's Office on the Eve of New Year's Eve This is the story of a dentist with a true compassionate heart AND a gifted hand to really give a painless experience while at the dentist's chair.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2015
So many conflicting and contradicting emotions this Thanksgiving 2015 A meditation of life Thanksgiving 2015
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2015
In Havana, Cuba .. a building is crumbling and the tenants fear for their lives. A video of the reality of the crumbling infrastructure in the Havana that is forbidden to tourists and American Embassy Workers.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 18, 2014
I am Praying for your Recovery Nina Pham a prayer for Nina Pham
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2013
As Madeleine Albright might say,Who has the biggest cojones? That is what it is all about. Economy Improbing? I don't think so. Government Shutdown? Principled or is it about Who has the biggest cojones? I think it is abut the latter.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sleepless in South Florida Sleepless in South Florida -- Read Book? Have cookies and milk? Come to computer to process thoughts...Are these the tools that might help one on a sleepless night? Especially when the underlying cause might be anxiety over the political landscape of the land.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 21, 2013
How Do You Begin? The effects of Domestic Violence in a neighbor's six or seven year old child.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 23, 2011
Pot Shots and Other Stories Just trying to sort out the broken pieces brought to us courtesy of the BushObama Administrations.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A Juxtaposition of thoughts-My morning meditation on Christmas A juxtaposition of thoughts born out of my morning's meditation on Christmas and my posting of it on FB.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2011
The Mystery of a Trickle Down Economy The mystery of a trickle down economy is that in addition to being a ruse, it turns into a poop party on the receiving end.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Impudent Boldness of Barack Obama Obama's Impudent Boldness in telling Congressional Black Caucus Leaders,"Stop Complaining. Stop Crying." Is a Clear Chastisement of Maxine Waters and Other Leaders who express concerns over Obama's alliance with the Republicans.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2011
If Only I Were A Quick Thinker On My Feet My friend filled with right wing information believes the Muslims want to come and take over our country.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
O Pleaze. No More Tragedies for Profit by Politicians. Although I originally published this elsewhere under a pen name; I wish to publish it here without the use of a pen name.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
My unenthusiastic vote vis-a-vis the upcoming November 2nd Election Between a rock and a hard place, I have no choice but to hold my nose and cast a ballot come November 2nd.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 18, 2010
The number, "33," a President with a heart and a gift from the entrails of the earth. Thoughts on the rescue of 33 Chilean miners.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 11, 2010
Catch 22: An Exercise in Powerlessness In Florida these days you must prove beyond a doubt that you are the same licensed driver that you have been for years before the DMV will renew your current license. It is all an invasion of privacy. When did this lunacy begin?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 9, 2010
Write About What You Know. Keeping it Real. This article is about life in this neighborhood which has, like many other neighborhoods in the United States, I am sure, been incredibly abused by a down turn economy.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Shattered 2009 American Dream Or A Sack of Coal "... all you have to do is contemplate a single grain of sand, and you will see in it the marvels of creation," Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist. Our politicians have forgotten to contemplate the simple grain of sand. All they can see is greed.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2009
As the World Burns and Yearns for Peace Did Obama ever Listen to Mahalia Jackson & Dinah Shore in Down by the Riverside? Why doesn't Obama put on his long white robe and study war no moe!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 30, 2009
The bestiarii (gladiators) vs. Greed Insurance companies are the new beast,the United States Congress is the new Roman Coliseum, Greed is the new faith, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Dennis Kucinich and every voice raised in favor of Universal Healthcare are the new bestiarii a/k/a Gladiators

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