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Maxine, who has studied both counseling & music, was a nursing home administrator /owner who loved working with mentally ill adults for many

years until her retirement in 2006.  She now stays active with caring for & loving an Afghan family who recently came to St Louis, speaking no

 English. She enjoys spending time hunting mushrooms, participating in the Ethical Society of St. Louis, hiking, traveling & singing with the

Black Tulip Chorale.  She is a Master Gardener with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Master Naturalist with the MO Department of Conservation &

the author of  Missouri’s Wild Mushrooms. Maxine has lived in St. Louis County for many years but now is enjoying city life in the Central West End.

F.F.F.P. Fun, Friends, Food & stay Positive!  As a retired person, I try to enjoy life…have fun.

And that fun is usually with friends.  Friendships are very important to me.  And food,

yes food. I love quality food…whether homemade or in a restaurant.  Steering all

of this is my quest to stay positive.  Why waste precious time on negativity?  In July,

I broke my ankle, had surgery after I fell  hiking in the Tetons & was non-weight bearing

 for 2 months.  At first, I thought of all the things I couldn’t do, but soon became incredibly

grateful that this wasn't a permanent physical situation. By late October, I was in Barcelona &Sardinia having fun with friends, eating incredible food, hunting mushrooms & using a walking stick for an average 15,000 steps per day.”

A short interview with Maxine:
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