About Me

Shirley Desmond Jackson


Shirley Desmond Jackson


Salut! Welcome to the road less traveled!

I’m Shirley and I am so glad that you are here.

Let me introduce myself:

Currently I live in a little town called Pahrump, which is about 65 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. The town’s name comes from a Native American word for “water underneath”. True to form, our town is built on top of a water supply-here in the heart of the desert!

I have been married to my best friend, Mark, for 27 years. We have three adult children. Our oldest daughter, Kendra, returned to our Colorado roots where she is training for a career in Veterinary Medicine. Daniel, our son, teaches American History at our local high school. This summer we celebrated the wedding of our youngest daughter, Katia. My new son-in-law, Cameron, will pursue a degree in Computer Science while Katia begins her career as an elementary school teacher.

I work as an Instructional Coach at one of the elementary schools in town. Essentially, this means I now work more with teachers than students. Teachers are incredibly generous, with their time and their money. I feel honored to support them in their work.

Any list of my favorite things would have to include: family and friends, dogs and dolphins, skinny caramel mistos and caramel frappuccino lights, candy canes and gingerbread men, paradoxes and puzzles, and people of all ages. I also love to find ways to blend my Irish heritage with my love for the French language and culture.

The inspiration for my blog title comes from the poem
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
In many ways, this poem captures the essence of my life’s journey.

At the center of who I am and all I do is my faith in Jesus Christ. I did not grow up knowing the Bible or believing in God. I began studying the Bible in earnest during my senior year in college. My decision to follow Jesus became my first step on the road less traveled.

Since then, the Lord continues to lead me. His path brought me to places I never thought I would go (Pahrump being one of them). Along the way, I have met some incredible people and have learned some important lessons. Sometimes I learned from the experience of others, other times from the school of hard knocks. I hope to capture and share these lessons through this blog.

Please stay awhile and join me as I continue my journey on the road less traveled.