Hi, I'm Maria. I live with my husband in coastal Alabama. I am a certified Master Gardener, a public health educator, book reviewer and proofreader, grant writer, artist, former part-time university faculty, and former consultant to non-profit organizations. I write about cooking, gardening, public health issues, art, travel, knitting, and dogs. I like to give most of my articles a personal touch, so they are written as if I am talking with a friend. On the other hand, my articles about public health issues and other professional topics will have a more "professorial" tone. I write here on HubPages, and also on my own sites. My husband and I love to cook together. I share our recipes on our blog, My book reviews can be found at Thank you for visiting.