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:

Recently my husband and I started a new adventure-retirement! After twenty years of living in the desert of Nevada, we moved across the country to his childhood home in Southwest Virginia. Although the breathtaking foliage here sharply contrasts with the rugged beauty of the desert, both landscapes reflect the artistic work of our Creator. 

Two of our three adult children continue to live out west. Our oldest daughter, Kendra, lives in Colorado where she continues to train for a career in Veterinary Medicine. Daniel, our son, teaches American History and Economics at the high school in our hometown of Pahrump, Nevada. Our youngest daughter, Katia, her husband, and our granddaughter recently followed us to Virginia ~ we love having them so close! (Secretly we hope all of our children's paths lead them here to the east coast.)

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.