About Me


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Christine Elizabeth Robinson

Sunny southern California has been home for the past 30 years, originally from the U.S. east coast, with moves to Europe, Asia, and the U.S. northwest. When I (an older student and Mom) graduated from WSU (Go Cougs) in Pullman, I left for graduate school in San Diego.

After all these years half my heart is still in Washington State where sons and their growing families live, two great-grandbabies born in August 2017. The other half is here in San Diego with Robert and two doggies, Sammy and Charley.

Sammy

Charley

In 2014 I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a stay-at-home writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning that year, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts.

Fun Facts

I’m writing Sunset Inna fiction book based on real events and people, and made up events and people. My favorite made up person is Eric Herrmann, a Jewish medical doctor, who is the main character Elizabeth’s heartthrob. He’s the biggest help in Elizabeth’s search to uncover her famous real grandfather’s secret life in Germany, the theme of the book. Just so you know, Elizabeth is the real me. With all the research historical parts, the story just needed a sparked up nurse/doctor romance. 

Sunset Inn- Wish You Were Here – Your Friend, Elizabeth 

I’m old as dirt, born in the late 1930s, and plan to live beyond the 100-year mark.

I love whimsy and humor, something I try to interject into writing.

I modeled for an Illustrator Photographer as a teenager, and was featured on many east coast states billboards, Give Life a Lift in West Palm Beach – Tropical Florida’s First Resort. I had jet-black hair and violet colored eyes, just like Elizabeth Taylor.

I published poetry years ago, and that led me to write more “free rein for the brain” words in fiction and non-fiction books (I’m co-authoring a few).

I attended the same university as my sons, and at the same time. I also knew their girlfriends there (now wives). I was an honorary Frat Mom, and at times a designated driver.

WSU Cougars

I’m an ex-pat, and lived in Italy, Greece and Japan (5 years in each country). The highlight was traveling and skiing the Matterhorn (Italian Alps), and other great ski slopes in France, Austria and Switzerland.

I was a tech challenged blogger at the beginning in 2014, and I “learned by fire” how to put the WordPress site together and keep it “blazing” with published posts, and The Sunrise and Sunset Photo Gallery on the Before Sundown’s Welcome Page. It’s full of glorious worldwide sunsets and sunrises. The New Featured Monthly Sunrise or Sunset Header and mini-bio promote and support blogger friends. What better way to keep the blog theme, “remember what made you smile.” Give visitors something to smile about!

Christine Elizabeth’s  Gallery 

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85 Responses to About Me

  1. ten says:

    I should have known you were a supermodel! we miss you at work. I wanna be like you when I grow up. ❤ ten

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  2. Cool blog. Looking forward to reading more.
    FBF

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  3. mindfulexpat says:

    Salut! I’ve just nominated your blog for a Liebster Award — you can find out what it means and what the rules are here: http://themindfulexpat.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/the-mindful-expat-has-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/. 🙂

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    • Congratulations on your nomination for the Liebster Blog Award! I love your blog site and writing. And thank you so much for nominating me! I do accept! I’ve commented on your blog site my thank you for the nomination. I love it that you describe my site as eclectic and whimsical. That’s exactly what I want it to be. Humor is so important in life and in writing. Thanks so much again!

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  4. So lovely to meet you Christine and thanks so much for following my blog and coming over and commenting. I really do appreciate that. Your photos are just wonderful and heartwarming. They also provide happiness!!! Thank you. 🙂

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  6. Dennis M. says:

    Wau…amazing true story…and beautiful pics! Thanks for allowing me to follow you…!

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  8. Sherry Chen says:

    Hi Christine, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! 🙂
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org
    Sherry

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  9. dbp49 says:

    There we go, now everything makes sense. I should’ve known why I felt so welcome here. After many years of being at war with the medical establishment, when I finally decided that I did need their help the only person I would settle on to lead the medical team that now works with me was a nurse practitioner who has managed to do more for me in two years than any other doctor had at all those various times throughout my entire life. In those two years she’s not only lead the med team, but she has become one of my best friends. I guess that particular profession just attracts the right kind of people. So I’ll talk to you later, and have a great New Year.

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    • Ahha! I’ve heard that so many times, “a nurse practitioner makes all the difference in care.” So happy you found one that makes a difference in your care! A double welcome to Before Sundown remember what made you smile. It’s not only a theme name, it’s something you must do everyday! Even on cloudy, raining days with no sunset in sight, you know where they are now! Happy 2015 to you!

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  10. amommasview says:

    Kinds of reminds me of one of my mantras: Before you fall asleep remind yourself about why this day has to be the best day ever…

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  11. Sandra, I like that thought…it can be a very personal, peaceful mantra to remember something wonderful that happened that day. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Christine

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  12. Really great site, that I will follow. You have merged many elements of photography and writing very well.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Sandrine, thank you so much for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination. I’m going to accept it just because it’s from you. We’ve been blogger friends for many months now and share some wonderful awards. Generally, I’ve stopped accepting awards when there is a lot of work to do with answering and creating questions. But this one has minimal work and the best part is passing the award on to other inspiring bloggers. I’m all for promoting our fellow bloggers! Happy Blogging, Sandrine! All Best, Christine

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  14. Such a lovely “About Me” page and wonderful photos, Christine. I’m so pleased our paths have crossed.

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  15. grhambley says:

    Nicely put and very pleasantly displayed.

    There was one thing you said, “hanging in mid-thought with that dreaded mind-block”.

    This is more to finding a single word than a string that makes sense the way you wish it to but perhaps this will help.
    https://transitionu.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/contemfutzing/

    If you need something more drastic, you just let me know!

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks for the visit and comment. Visited you blog site and enjoyed reading your posts and viewing the photography. Loved your humor in made up word contemfutzing! I’d say I futz around finding the right word to keep writing. Christine

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  16. Great pictures and should I say you still look beautiful.

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  17. davidprosser says:

    Well Princess, playing with Tonka trucks didn’t hurt. You still retained the beauty.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  19. You run a very interesting blog
    Luke greets !!

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  20. Janice Wald says:

    Wow! A supermodel! Pictures in the paper and everything! That’s so great!
    I went and took a nap. I woke up and found I had a new blog follower! Thank you so much. I love the feeling of community–Sally, you, me. I look forward to getting to know you better. Based on some of your comments here, I can tell you are a very kind person. Thanks again for the follow.
    Janice

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Janice, for your comment on About Me! The Blogosphere community offers so many incredible connections. I look forward to reading more of your writing. After a year of blogging, I’ve gathered some wonderful world-wide blogger friends, their sunsets and sunrises, too! For me that’s what it’s all about, support & promotion of fellow bloggers! Happy Writing! Christine

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  22. So nice to meet you! I look forward to exploring your blog and reading! I am Lynn, mom of 9 and lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years!

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  23. joannesisco says:

    OMG! A beauty queen? Now I’m really intimidated! Seriously, beautiful people scare the living daylights out of me 🙂 Maybe we can still be friends? 😉

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  24. Great pictures…the best way to defeat that old as dirt feeling is to keep your eyes on the future–especially the one that doesn’t have us in it.

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  25. So wonderful to meet you! I love love sunrises and sunsets and anything sun related. For a long time I lived in the SF Bay area – LOTS of sun. Now I live in the Boston area. Not so much sun, particularly November through April. 😦 But I have lots of photos of sunrises and sunsets around my house. 🙂 You have a wonderful blog.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Pam, thank you so much for your visit and comment. Know what you mean about California sun. I live in San Diego. Now Boston has other beautiful scenes like the brilliance of Fall colors! Happy Fall in full bloom coming up! Chryssa

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  26. Wow. Love your About page. You’re as gorgeous as you’ve ever been. Nice to know you a bit more. ❤ 🙂

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Tess! I have a lot of good memories growing up to relate in the Sunset Inn book. Even though it’s fiction, it’s based on real events! I’m looking forward to knowing more about you too! 💛 Elizabeth

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Happy Tuesday, Tess, when you get there! I’m on the US west coast, San Diego, CA. Sunshine and moderate temps! And NO snow! Although we recently had El Nino rain (much needed) for about 4 days with a lot of flooding. I’m getting your sunset header and mini-bio ready for the February feature! It will be beautiful! Best,💛 Elizabeth

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      • San Diego, CA? Ever get tired of gorgeous weather? I’d miss the seasons we get here only because I’m used to them.

        I feel excited about the header and bio. Thank you. ❤ ❤

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      • C.E.Robinson says:

        Good Morning, Tess! I love the changing seasons and lived on the US east coast for many years. Then enjoyed life and the seasons in Europe & Asia for 15 years. Then a few years back in the US to the great Northwest (and the rain) before moving to San Diego. After many years in gorgeous weather, I’m staying for as long as I can! I admit, I love to see photos of fall foliage and snow scenes from fellow bloggers! February is coming fast! I’m excited about your sunset header and bio too! 💛 Elizabeth

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  27. What a lovely retrospective of your life in photos. So much fun to look at! 🙂

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Carol, for your visit and comment. I’m writing about that life in Sunset Inn. Even though it’s a fiction book, it’s based on real events. So much fun starting in kid hood and sharing memories with my sister. Have a wonderful week! 🤗 Elizabeth

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  28. I don’t use my Reader and haven’t been getting your posts although I am subscribed. I like notification by e-mail. Any way I can arrange that? 😦

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Tess, you may not have missed any posts! I’ve not published anything for a few weeks. Sent you an e-mail this morning with explanation. Working on your Featured Header and bio today. I’ll send you an e-mail with it when published. Happy Tuesday! 💛 Elizabeth

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  29. Hi!

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    Jason

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Jason, thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts on your new blog site! I’m only 10,000 words into the Sunset Inn book, so too early for promoting it. As I get closer to the end, I’ll remember your offer! In the meantime I do post chapters. And I have a cover and back cover book blurb worked up. It’s fun to play around with possibilities. Helps the writing process! Anytime you have a sunrise or sunset you’d like featured, let me know. I can promote you that way with a sunset or sunrise featured header and mini-bio for a month on my blog site! So far, those that I’ve featured got a ton of visitors. Have a happy week. 💛 Elizabeth (Christine)

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  30. Rashminotes says:

    Very interesting blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)

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  31. Kev says:

    Lovely intro! 😊

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  32. paintdigi says:

    …Very good.
    … Very pretty.
    ….very interesting

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  33. Have you written anything about Charlotte?

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Funny you should ask! Charlotte was a real person in my childhood back in the 1940s. She was the true librarian and genealogist (in the WIP Sunset Inn book) who helps Elizabeth research her grandparents’ lives. Charlotte has history files on all famous people in small town of Lovell, Maine and nearly Kezar Lake area. Elizabeth’s grandfather was a famous trumpet player in major symphonies and orchestras on the east coast US. So, Charlotte is still in my mind as a huge help for me to continue the research today on grandfather’s extraordinary life in Germany and the US. I do have a research friend who has found many articles about grandfather and has provided a timeline of his life for me. So, you might say Charlotte is still with me, and has taken many other life forms! 💛 CE

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      • Oh, I remember Charlotte from your story then! 🙂

        “So, you might say Charlotte is still with me, and has taken many other life forms!”

        Well, as writers, many actual people we’ve met and/or in our lives are often the bases of characters we create. They make characters more believable, for one. 🙂

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  34. Hi, CE! Just letting you know I mentioned you HERE 🙂

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  35. I love what you’ve done with the About page, Christine. For all of us, *you* give life a lift. I’m working on a Thistledown episode today that introduces the character you named, Willow Rainbow. It should be on my blog in a couple of weeks. Hugs.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Teagan, so happy to read your comment. Thank you! The July Moon Child read the old About Page and laughed. “Boring! It needs Color & Humor.” So, that crazy moon child made me do it. Look forward to read your intro of Willow Rainbow. Love your fun Fairy themed series! Hugs back! 💜Christine

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  36. duskalert says:

    OMG you still look so youn I can’t believe you were born in late 1930s.
    Loved your pics.
    Love your positive attitude that reflects through your your writing.
    Plz give my posts a read.
    https://jannat007.wordpress.com

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