About AZMOFO

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Hi, I am Monica.  I write stories about some of my most painful and personal life experiences.  I also would like you to know that I always publish my first drafts, and then later edit them like crazy.  A dear friend had encouraged me to begin writing, and I am finding that through my storytelling I am learning more about myself, and also discovering new ways to forgive and to heal.  I hope that you will follow me on this creative journey.  Perhaps we might learn something from one another?

I was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Arizona.  I left home on my 18th birthday with nothing but a backpack and a change of clothing.  I married my hometown sweetheart and together we are raising 2 amazing boys in the valley of the sun.  This life hasn’t been an easy one but I am grateful for my struggles for they not only give me great material, but they have shaped me into who I am today.

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Picture above: This was me at a house party in 1993.  As you can see I was choosing music from a box of tape cassettes while holding a pack of GPCs. My best friend of over 25 years tells me that no matter how old we get that I will forever be ^That Girl^ to her. I think I am okay with that.

The origin of my username AzMoFo:  My junior high art teacher assigned us with a project to design a logo that we would later silkscreen on to a clothing item of our choice.  This was the suggested formula to create the logo: combine letters from the state that you were born, 2 letters from your first name, and 2 letters of your last name.  My logo ended up being AzMoFo, and I have been offending adults everywhere I go ever since.  In the summer of 1988 I proudly wore a bubblegum pink jacket around my small farming community with the logo AZMOFO printed across the back in black bold lettering.  The jacket made me feel special and it gave me a sense of identity that I never had before.  It was that summer that I began to channel my inner Rizzo, and that would help to get me through really some tough years ahead.
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14 thoughts on “About AZMOFO

  1. I think your desire to write Monica is not wicked, although that may just be an expression but a blessing, your expression is very good and as I have been reading and will continue to do so you have touched my heart with your honesty and emotion, you have a wellspring of richness to share.

    May you be greatly blessed as you continue to do so, take time to visit others too and comment giving them encouragement, it is in giving that we receive.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  2. Anne – Thank you for my very first comment and feedback on my writing! I saw your posts from home on Saturday and I have been so anxious to respond so that I can thank you and to tell you just how much it means to me! I am encouraged by you and your words and I look forward to getting to know you and reading more of your work.
    Best,
    Monica

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  3. Small world. I spent my happiest weeks next to a retired race horse on a ranch south of Hereford. We’d go into Bisbee just to shake things up. Your story is a delightful balance from my perspective. Thank you for coming by and commenting on What’s Next. I’m pleased to meet you.

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    1. OMG! Small world indeed! Bisbee is such a cool place. We took the Queen Mine Tour during a class field trip, and it was my best memory of that town. I am happy to meet you too!

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  4. Must start figuring out my brand. COJOVY? That would be my maiden name. COHANE? My married name…much better! So hard to decide. Must keep thinking about this crucial decision.

    Love your introduction! I can’t wait to see what else you write. I’m a first draft poster myself and love that part of the process.

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    1. Both brands sound so Mission Impossible to me. Love it! 😀 I appreciate all of your comments, and that you took the time to explore my blog. Greatly appreciated!

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