Monday, March 18, 2013

The Spotlight's On: Maureen Wallace of Operation Have It All

Getting to Know You:

Name: Maureen Rich Wallace
Blog Name and URL: Operation Have It All (
Blogger or Wordpress? WP

Favorite widget or plugin? 
I’m such an unsavvy rookie, I envision small wooden things and plug-in air freshener when I try to answer this question…

Dish you would bring to our community picnic: 
Are margaritas a dish? I do make a scrumptious chocolate trifle. The secret is Skor bars. None of that Heath junk.

On Blogging:

What got you blogging and what keeps you going?
Growing up, I loved to write but never really had anything I particularly wanted to
write about at great length or in great depth. Then, at age 37, I learned my unborn son
had Down syndrome. I kept up a brave, happy face and let only my husband see me
crumbling inside. Then Charlie was born, and I learned about unconditional love. I
returned to my corporate America career and dove into work. When he was 17.5 months
old, we introduced him to his sister and I learned a heart can expand exponentially
without injury.

But this time was different. I returned to work as part of a job share; I spent half the week
at home and half the week as spokesperson for a Fortune 100 company. I thought a few
entertaining things might happen along the way, so I started the blog. It’s become my
affordable therapy, and my children ensure I will need therapy for a long, long time.

One post that makes you laugh?

One post you are really proud of, for whatever reason?
I have to go with two, because the first was inspired by the short film, “Just Like You –
Down syndrome” and the second was my first public reaction as a mother of a child who
may one day be called the R word.

How have you seen your blog/blogging style change and how would you like to see it

I’ve learned to edit myself. No one needs (or wants!) to know a thousand words about
what I think on anything. But it’s hard… it’s so much easier to edit other people’s stuff!

Where else can we find you online?
Links below go to my bio pages, with archive of articles.

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