Elayne Warren

"Life is uncontrollable; stop wasting energy trying to keep it on script and love the story as it unwinds." -- Elayne Warren

Elayne Warren

 69; I grew up around Fayetteville, Arkansas, then found my first real home at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and finally felt like I had come home to my neighborhood in the Upper West Side of NYC. But the first home I’ve ever retired the mortgage on is in Mt. Savage – where I can only say “I live here”, not “I’m from here”, since I didn’t go to the high school!

How would we know you? Maybe I did some inspections of your commercial kitchen or your water supply while I was working at the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department, or we met at a rabies clinic or a household hazardous waste collection day. Maybe you remember me from Allegany Magazine’s “Artistic Homes” articles!

What is something you have learned about life that you wish you knew earlier? Life is uncontrollable; stop wasting energy trying to keep it on script and love the story as it unwinds.

 What would you say has been your greatest achievement? Whatever I did that helped my son turn into a decent man who appreciates being able to take care of his family – except that’s really Adam’s achievement. For my own projects, I’m proud of matriculating at St. John’s and graduating from the program in four years. I love some of the photographs I’ve taken, and the places I’ve traveled while taking them.

 Is there anything on your “bucket list?” The bucket will never be empty as long as I have blank pages in my passport!

 Don’t hold back – what’s the best thing about being the age that you are right now? When I was working at my last job, I felt like my employers were more interested in pinning me to the hands of a clock than in what I could accomplish. Now I’m free to set my own schedules as long as I meet the deadlines. Self-determination is a glorious thing.

Why does the Allegany County area feel like home? Because it looks like the Arkansas Ozarks, which were my first horizon.

 What two words best describe you? Peripatetic. Photographer. Sometimes Smarty-Pants.

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