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Meet Dawn Quarles

Hello Friends! I’m so glad you’re here.

I spent my childhood on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and camping inside the pineywood forests all across the panhandle of Florida. I still call this gorgeous place my home and I never let myself forget how lucky I am to live in a place where others love to vacation. I studied a little bit of everything in college: English, Women’s Literature, Anthropology, Speech Pathology and Journalism before finally graduating from the University of West Florida with a degree in Social Studies. I share my dad’s love for travel and I was able to enjoy Europe and Central America many times throughout college. These experiences groomed and nurtured my need to understand unique human experiences and the common threads we all share, especially women. Consequently, I found my niche in life…education. Teaching high school history and politics happened quite by accident but it has been the career from which I draw my soul’s identity. Its freedoms during the summer give me the time and solace to create what I love most, personal stories with a universal message.

My great love of Southern fiction comes from a desire to build strong girls into strong women, the same kinds of ladies that always find themselves at the heart of classic Southern novels. My exposure in the classroom to all types of girls has given me the opportunity to get to know so many women-in-bloom from all stations in life. Now, making promising young girls into successful female forces has become the stalwart pillar in my own philosophy of life. I teach American History, US Government, Psychology and Economics to juniors and seniors and yes! I think this job keeps me young at heart. I have a love for this age group that brings me back more and more excited each year. It was a driven desire to write therapeutically that first launched me into the world of blogging. I will be the first to tell you, I am in love with this website I’ve built to house all of my innermost ponderings and over the years I have written on almost every conceivable controversy. From death-with-dignity issues to police brutality, there is no topic too scandalous about which to form a thoughtful opinion. My offerings are vivid, my audience is diverse and my scope is fearless.

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