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Who Am I

My name is Cindy Maddera, and I've had this blog for many many years. I perused around the internet looking at "about me" pages from some of my favorite bloggers, trying to inspire a witty little about me page of my own, but this turned out to be a horrendously bad idea. They had all of these totally amazing accomplishments listed, and blogging awards, and one of them was even mentioned in Forbes. Gah! I'm just a small-town blogger with a small-town blog. I write about things that make me happy, things that inspire me, and people and things that I love. This space used to be called Elephant Soap. I was Elephant Soap for years and years. Recently I decided to become a little bit more professional. 

My husband Chris, our muppet dog Hooper and I up and moved from our small town to the slightly larger town of Kansas City in 2011 so I could work doing my dream job of playing with fancy pants microscopes. We all had an amazing year exploring a new place and buying our first house. Then Chris got sick and died (sounds crass, but really it's the easiest way to say it). About eight months after Chris, I had to let Hooper go too. For a while it was just me, the Widow Maddera, navigating this crazy maze of grief and being single again. I had some adventures in dating and then I met Michael. He bought a scooter because of me and I let him move in. He brought along his little girl, the Cabbage, who we have with us every other weekend. I went from married dog owner to widowed single woman to partnered part time bonus mom. Life is strange. I do a lot of yoga (teach a little bit).

I write a lot about grief, joy, gratitude and how strange life can be. Sometimes I write about science and yoga. Sometimes I write about causes that I am passionate about. Sometimes I write about camping and travel. You just never know what you're going to get when you visit.