Melissa Hobbs earned a BA from Kent State University in Ohio. She’s an idealist who worked one of her lifetimes in insurance for the State of California. She would like to see the dream of a blue-green earth climb up from the enlightened horizon, but for now, she pursues writing in the San Francisco Bay area with a soon-to-be-published poetry collection, Under the Pomegranate Sun. Birds, meditation, and service to refuge children fill up her five-gallon bucket. It overflows with narratives and lyrical words, which eventually become poems and stories.