About the Author

More information than anybody could possibly ever want to know about this blogger:

Becky Green Aaronson

A few titles I hold: wife and mom, author, guest blogger, photo agency director, marathon runner, triathlete, book-lover, chocolate addict, hopeless romantic, fan of fermented grapes, worshipper of quiet moments and adventure-filled days, lover of friends, family, and gatherings that bring them all together, and the grateful recipient of numerous improbable moments that have swirled into this wonderfully dizzying thing I call my life.

A few reasons I write: Because I discovered long ago that I cannot not write. That I’m compelled to dance with words in some form or another, even if I’m just scribbling down musings for myself. And like Anais Nin said, “I write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” That is what this blog is all about.

A few places my writing has been published:

Books: Steve & i: One Photographer’s Improbable Journey with Steve JobsSteve and i book cover

Magazines: Runner’s World, Adventure Cyclist Magazine, Marathon & Beyond, The Ultimate Runner, Edible Santa Barbara, Aspen Magazine

Edible Santa BarbaraEdible Santa BarbaraCover of Edible Santa Barbara Winter 2011Aspen Magazine Cover Winter 2011-12Runners World CoverAdventure Cyclist MagazineMarathon & Beyond CoverThe Ultimate Runner

Other sources: American Society of Media Photographers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

A few memorable things I’ve experienced in my life thus far: Venturing to       Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet. Running the Rome Marathon on my honeymoon. Traveling to South Africa soon after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Peddling through the Colorado Rockies on a 400-mile cycling odyssey. Ringing in the New Year in Times Square after 9/11. Raising a substantial bundle of moolah for cancer research. Teaching my young daughter how to throw like a boy and boogie board like a girl.

Becky Green Aaronson running at Potala Palace in Lhasa, TibetBecky Green Aaronson running at Mt. Everest Base Camp in TibetBecky Green Aaronson running the Rome MarathonBecky Green Aaronson, Ride the RockiesRaising money for cancer research, Santa Barbara MarathonBecky Green Aaronson boogie boarding with her daughterBecky Green Aaronson doing a book signing for the Ultimate Runner

A few of my favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book Thief, Peace Like a River, Little Bee, The Power of One, The Help, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Kaffir Boy,         The Geography of Bliss, Middlesex, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Autobiography of Henrietta Lacks, Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy (this is but a tiny portion of a very long list).

To Kill A MockingbirdThe Book ThiefLittle BeePeace Like a RiverA Thousand Splendid Suns

A few musicians I like (because music says a lot about a person, and because it’s not uncommon for me to listen to music while I write): Beatles, Stones, U2, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Train, Iggy Pop, Adele, Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Motown, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Pavarotti

A few places I’ve lived: Pacific Northwest, Colorado Rockies, California Coast.

Photo of Portland,OregonPhoto of Maroon Bells in Aspen, ColoradoPhoto of Santa Barbara, California

A few places I do my best thinking: Insanely early mornings at my desk when the moon and the stars light up my creative spirit and shine down on my computer and my extra-large cup of coffee. Also long runs while blasting my favorite tunes and long luxurious writing sessions in the red chaise lounge in my back yard (eek, I can feel my chiropractor cringing right now).

A few things I wish I were better at: Being patient, not letting perfect get in the way of completed, and being able to cook an exquisite meal like I was born with a chef’s hat on my head.

A few of my favorite quotes:
“The human mind is like an umbrella. It functions best when open.” –Max Gropius
“The harder I work, the luckier I become.”
“Don’t die wondering.”
“Kindness is my only religion.”–The Dalai Lama
“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” –Reggie Leach
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” –Buddha
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”–Joseph Chilton Pierce
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth

A Bazillion Things That Make Me Happy and Grateful (click if you dare)

Photo of Aaronson Family in Santa BarbaraPhoto of Aaronson Family in Aspen, Colorado

Contact: If you’d like to contact me regarding freelance writing projects, chocolate recommendations or my upcoming book, please feel free to email me at improbablelife(at)gmailDOTcom. My only request is that you are a real person and not a mechanical spammer on a mission to sell me knock-off Rolex watches or Viagra.

You can also follow me on Twitter@wordmuse or check me out on Facebook.

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14 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Becky, I’m so glad I chanced on your blog. You have had a fascinating life! I share a lot of your loves: Art, photography, writing, and from what I can see, an optimism and enthusiasm for life. Great writing. I’m following your blog now.

  2. Hi Becky,
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I really appreciate it! Once I saw your message, I stopped here and have now signed up to follow your blog. Sounds like you’ve had many wonderful adventures, and I look forward to reading about more. After the new year, I’ll be able to announce some exciting new adventures that will be coming up in my life, so I hope you’ll check out my blog again from time to time when you get a chance.

    In the meantime, take care!



  3. You are an amazing writer Becky and I’m so interested in your blog! You go Girl! Will you be able to run again? (silly question to ask you, of course you will!!)
    Great memories from our Moms in motion days on Renee’s teams.
    Thank you for always being so inspirational!!!!
    Leigh Cashman

    • Leigh, thank you for your very kind words. I’m glad you are joining me on this journey. I hope to be back out on the road running with you again soon. I’m taking small steps getting back, but eventually they’ll add up to something significant. Hope to see you again soon.

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