Listen more-speak less. Life is an adventure-make every day count. Enrich the lives of those you meet along the way. Don’t show up at the end with a wish list.

This is my philosophy in a nutshell – but there is more to me than that.  This is a condensed biography of the person behind this blog.

My name is Bonnie J. Preston.  I am 61 years old, a wife, mother and full-time project manager.  I was born and raised in New York – just north of the city.  Shortly before my 30th birthday, I moved to California, where I lived just north of Los Angeles for about twenty years.  I met my husband there (he is also from New York) and we raised our son and daughter there.  Just before my 50th birthday, we moved to a town just north of Dallas, TX.

Wait – I sense a pattern – I am always moving “just north” of a major metropolitan area right before a major birthday.  Not sure what that means…..

My husband, son and daughter are my family.  I am an only child and I lost both my parents in 1987.  But I am lucky.  I have many friends all over the country, and I consider them family.  I am thankful for the social technology that allows me to easily stay in touch with them.  Next to good health, nothing is more important than relationships.  I am blessed in both areas, and am grateful every day.

The hardest question for me to answer is “what is your favorite book/movie/tv show”?  So many books, films, shows….so little time.

I love to read – everything.  The greatest gift my husband has ever given to me was an eReader. I generally keep something light on my night stand – Nora Roberts or Jodi Piccoult.  But I also read a great deal of non-fiction.  My passions run the gamut from environment to education to politics.

I also love good films and good tv shows.  I have a new favorite all the time.  We don’t go out to movies frequently, but we do see really good films in the theater.  At home, we have an enormous film library on DVD.  If a film is good, I will watch it over and over and over.  There are many films I can recite from start to finish (much to the annoyance of my family – at least one of whom can do the same thing!)  I cannot chose a favorite film but my favorite actors are Katherine Hepburn (classic), Meryl Streep (contemporary) and Jennifer Lawrence (youth); Lawrence Olivier (classic), Russell Crowe (contemporary) and Ian Somerhalder (youth).

My guiltiest pleasure of the moment is the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”.  I love this show so much I actually contributed to several fansites. I thank my daughter for introducing me to Mystic Falls and its residents.  I’m biased, but I think it has the best writing and best cast of any show on television at this time – and when I say this, I should also tell you that it replaced no less than the wonderful “House” with the incredible Hugh Laurie!  No small feat. I am now loving the spin-off series, “The Originals”, just as much.

I hope you enjoy my blog and will visit often – and look for my TVD Tweets (@bonniejpreston) on Thursday nights!

All the best,


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