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_MG_9360Jeannie Ralston is the editor of a web magazine, NextTribe.com, for women who want to AGE BOLDLY. The mission of the site is to offer information and inspiration with a dose of irreverence.

Jeannie’s writing has been published in a wide array of publications, including Life, Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Texas Monthly, Glamour, Prevention, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Real Simple and This Old House.

She was a contributing editor for Allure for eight years, for Ladies Home Journal for three years and at Parenting magazine for eight years.

Her articles have ranged from a cover story for Life on abortion protests to a piece about hiking the Great Wall of China for the front page of the New York Times’ Sunday Travel Section; from Malcolm Forbes 70th Morocco for Us Magazine to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for National Geographic.

While living in Blanco, Texas, she and her husband–National Geographic photographer, Robb Kendrick–started the first commercial lavender farm in Texas. Her years running that business turned into a memoir called The Unlikely Lavender Queen, published by Broadway Books.

After selling the lavender farm, she and her husband and two sons moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they stayed for four years. Then the family embarked on a three-year adventure in traveling and homeschooling, which is the subject of her new e-book called The Mother of All Field Trips.

Now based in Austin, she still writes for various publications, teaches creative writing and is working on a novel. She has also begun offering her services as a writing coach to students (college essays, creative writing projects) as well as adults who have book, article or essay ideas they’d like to turn into realities.