Barb  Barbara H. Peterson is retired from the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison. She was one of the first females to work at the facility in this classification.

After retirement, she went to college online to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business, and graduated with honors. The most valuable thing she received from her time with UOP was a realization that her life’s passion is writing. Now her business degree sits in her desk drawer, and she counts herself in the category of Writer/Activist.

Someday she will make money writing, but that is not why she does it. “I do it because I must. A driving force compels me to reach out to others with what I learn about the condition we the people are in, and that is what I devote my time to. After all, time is the most precious thing we have, and the older I get the more I want to use it wisely.” 

Barbara lives on a small ranch in Oregon with her husband, where they raise geese, chickens, Navajo Churro sheep, Oggie Dog, a variety of cats, and an opinionated Macaw named Rita. She believes that self-sufficiency and localization of food sources will be necessary to survive the coming depression. To this end, she hopes that sharing information with others of like mind will lead to a brighter future where people reach out to each other and form small communities in which food is grown locally, and trade is established between neighbors.

Her philosophy is this: You are on this earth for a reason – to fight for the light. Your words are swords that penetrate the darkness with truth and light. You have a purpose.

Please visit her community-focused website, Surviving the Middle Class Crash at http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.wordpress.com to share information needed for the future. This site is for all of us.



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