“Oh, hello again. I hope you enjoyed accompanying my cronies and me on our fantastical journey into other worlds. Please know that it was but one chapter in an endless, unwritten story. We (the princesses, Alpert, the gnomes, elves, and furry pet-creatures) can stay here as long or as short a time as we choose to. After all, everything is impermanent, because, what is time? Where is distance? How does one gauge forever? Are destinations endpoints or merely way stations on our travels?”
Brenda Grace de Jong is the author of several short stories and pieces of flash fiction, along with her recently published book, "My Name is Elpee: A Trilogy". Ms. de Jong holds an M.S. degree in Human Services Leadership and Management and has worked with populations that include: victims of domestic violence, substance abusers, people affected by mental illness, individuals with HIV/AIDS and nursing homes residents desiring to return to the community.
With a minor in Women's Studies, Brenda has, for several years, set about the task of mentoring women in various capacities, especially in the areas of education and empowerment.
As a devout student of the Universe, Ms. de Jong maintains a daily vigil of sustaining and furthering her spirituality, especially within nature. She is an avid barefoot, tree-hugging, candle-lighting, ceremonialist, who conducts full-moon, solstice and equinox ceremonies, individually and with groups on Long Island and at her home on Fire Island.
Having lived both a very conventional existence followed by an unorthodox and checkered lifestyle, Ms. de Jong has been known, over a cup of tea, to share some of her secrets with certain people; other secrets, however, she will simply smile while thinking about, but will discuss only with those who helped make those stories. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and about.me.
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