I recently received a copy of a letter of recommendation from someone that I have considered a mentor and a role model, as well as a colleague and friend, since I first began work as a massage therapist and his final words sum up why I have decided to go to graduate school:

“During my Master’s training, I did an internship at the local counseling department of the Community College. There was a vocational test that perhaps summarizes Arlene’s scope of gifts and talents. The instrument was designed to reflect whether one had greater interests in data, people, or things.

You have a candidate who has interests and skills in all of these arenas.
She has my highest recommendation.
Dale G. Alexander PhD, MA, BSEd, LMT”

I love my work as a massage therapist and have found the expansion into structural integration and bodywork to be exciting but I have also always thought I would go back to graduate school, when I found the right program, when the time was right…Then I woke one day and realized that it had been over twenty years since I walked away from a fully funded program and ended up as a massage therapist living the easy life back in the Florida Keys, where I have (mostly) lived since 1985.

Hurricane Irma came through and blew me north through a job offer in my new librarian career and I am now in St Augustine waiting for the water to warm up enough to take out my paddleboard. I am absolutely homesick for the Florida Keys and miss my friends so I go to visit for a long weekend as often as I can.

My hobbies are Salsa and ballroom dancing and ‘fair-weather’ stand-up paddleboarding, it is too hard when the wind blows! That’s me dancing with the tall fellow in a hat.

While I am working on remaining at the same physical address for more than two years at a time, I can always be found by email and on various social media sights.

Twitter: @rweenie

Linked In: Arlene Haessler

Facebook: Massage Therapy/Structural Integration

And my current MLIS website/E-Portfolio:



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