Rebecca Harmon

Biography

I am a healthcare professional, educator, writer, US Navy veteran, mother and grandmother. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and I'm never without a small posse of rescued pets.

I spent my earliest working years with my sister and parents as we traveled juried craft shows where our artist/glassblower father enchanted crowds with demonstrations in hot glass and our mother expertly narrated the demonstrations telling stories about the origins of glass and then selling the unique pieces of art. Providing breaks and the occasional time off for my mother, I served as a cashier and sales rep in the business and still remember the "Craft Show Years" with fondness. Those early years (I was younger than 15) helped hone my intense curiosity about work, careers and doing what you love. They also provided me with a rich context for writing based on the very unique circumstances as well as the people we met and interacted with in those years.

After serving 6 years on active duty in the US Navy (Hospital Corpsman) - many years after the craft shows - I went on to earn a bachelor's degree in health information management at the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon. I have worked as an academic dean for a community college, a faculty member in both the community college and university setting and as an academic consultant for various organizations. Recently I returned to my original professional life, working in healthcare.

While blogging, writing and speaking to groups about a variety of topics is my great passion; I can also be found listed in local college course catalogs as an adjunct professor because interacting with students keeps me grounded and real. It also gives me a steady stream of terrific character ideas.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to CREATE while the day is new, and the birds and other "critters" are the only noise I hear outside the windows. Creating for me can come in day dreaming while listening to the morning sounds, with my coffee in hand, or at the computer, or with a notebook in the car, waiting for one of the kids to get out of school.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot of fiction, and Ken Follett is at the top of my favorites list there. I also have enjoyed the works of Margaret Atwood, Leon Uris, Marge Piercy, Sheri Tepper and Ursula K LeGuin. In the non-fiction genre, I enjoy writings by Dr Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Dr. Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden. I have been a major fan of Kouzes and Posner's Leadership Challenge work since I was introduced to their work in graduate school.
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Where to find Rebecca Harmon online


Books

Finding Your Way - Holiday Gifting Without Breaking Your Budget
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Price: Free! Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Budgeting
Finding Your Way - holiday shopping without breaking your budget arrives just in time to avoid another frenzied and stressed-out holiday season. Continuing in her usual style of creating lists to make things happen, Ms. Harmon guides readers through simple steps to achieve a more peaceful holiday through a logical plan and recognizing what's truly important at Christmas.
Finding Your Way from High School to College
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College prep checklists
Finding Your Way From High School to College is a planning tool for high school students thinking about college. It can also be an effective communication bridge for guidance counselors and parents who sometimes struggle to talk truth with young people about the reality of their college dreams, whether financial or academic.
Finding Your Way: uncover your path to a better job
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,030. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Finding Your Way is a process anyone can use to identify the best career choice by "mining" data that is right in front of them, everyday. A "must-have" for anyone who dreads going into work each week, this tool is dedicated to everyone who thinks "there must be a better way!". There is, and it begins with this simple book and your decision to uncover a better way - your way.

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