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Episode 9-Marlene Walker: The Curiosity Factor

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Igniting Imagination

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Nellie Jacobs interviews Marlene Walker, Author. Nature Photographer. Newspaper Columnist. Property Manager. Nature Retreat Host. Public Speaker. The title of this profile is ample evidence of Marlene Walker's diverse interests and wide-ranging career. An excellent example of someone with an enormous Curiosity Factor, Marlene traces her life-long interest in both nature and learning back to when, at the age of three, she noticed nine bluebirds sitting on a telephone pole in her friend's backyard. She has been feeding her curiosity since then. Every person she meets, every conversation she has and every experience she encounters fuel the personal and professional directions she takes. Marlene has Master's degrees in Social Work and Zoology (with her research focused on genetics and birdsong). Early in her career, she worked as a social worker and then as a private consultant. She loves to share her knowledge and is now into her tenth year as 'Nature Walk' columnist for the Muskoka Sun newspaper. She has self-published and vigorously marketed volumes I and II of her books entitled Muskoka Nature Walks. Marlene is an avid biker, skier, adventurer and nature-lover. She now runs spring and fall week-end nature and photography retreats in Muskoka. If you are interested to find out more information or receive mailings of her upcoming 2009 retreats, email In this interview, Marlene will share details of the winding road she has taken. She will answer questions such as: Why is she never bored? What course did she take when pregnant with her firstborn, and why? What does she take along with her wherever she goes? What inspires her? Who has motivated her? Why did she self-publish and what did she learn along the way? What role does intuition play in her life? What happens when she "puts it out there?" Listen in while Marlene also offers 10 tips and suggestions to create success. Website: