cropped-image2.jpeg Welcome! Maria loves to write about things that matter to her; the quirky, quaint, historical and anything that captures her attention. As life is usually sprinkled with gemstones of ideas, she finds many things that make writing worthwhile.

Her start in writing was during her Journalism degree, some 20 years ago, where she worked at The Sun Community Newspaper. She had a front page story about ‘V8 engine drivers headbutting with Police’. She also had a front page story, in The Townsville Bulletin about ‘O Negative blood needed for premature babies’.  Also she worked as publicity assistant during Townsville’s VP50,  interviewing veterans and running stories (Dear John Letter, Nurses of War etc.,). She used the pseudonym: Maria Gibbs

As an amateur photographer she loves taking photos ‘which make her look twice’. (See Instagram)

She is enthused about blogging and sharing stories. She spans some 5 decades and has seen much in her lifetime. She is the oldest of seven siblings, aunt to 20 or so big and small kidlets, a wife, a proud mother to one son; who is way taller than her.

She was a member of Toastmasters International for five years before she started teaching. Toastmasters has provided her many opportunities, in a supportive environment, to hone the craft of public speaking.

She currently works full-time as a primary teacher in a 52 student classroom. She co-teaches with a teaching partner in a double space. They have been working co-operatively for almost 5 years. Whilst teaching is challenging; it’s the light bulb moments and her love of teaching, which has kept her in this craft for the past 15 years.

During her lifetime, she has traveled extensively around the world, and will one day share her numerous journeys of road trips, train rides and plane trips. She has written numerous reviews on Tripadvisor, and according to their stats, she has touched some 47000 travelers as of Sept 2016.