Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Molly Kiely--Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur, Adventuress, ...


Self portrait by Molly Kiely Posted by Picasa

I don't know if "met" is the right word, but if we agree that the word gets the job done, then I met Molly Kiely online several years ago. Probably in 2003. I had been surfing the web for several hours, reveling in pictures and stories about ancient travel trailers brought back from the dead. When I clicked on a now forgotten link and ended up at her web site, I hit pay dirt.

Back then, she was the parent-restorer-big sister-nurse to a 1950 travel trailer. A mid-century trailer is not really ancient, but is old enough to show some character. And need a lot of work. A Roadmaestra. I was jealous until I visualized all the sweat needed to put an old-timer like the Roadmaestra in shape.

Anyway, I leaned a little closer to the computer screen when I saw the pictures of the trailer and read about how Molly was going it alone with the restoration. Extraordinary woman, my mind whispered to itself. Going it alone takes guts.

How did Molly come to buy the old trailer? What I seem to remember is that she and the Arizona desert are kindred spirits. First she bought a couple of acres of heat, sand, and scrubby vegetation just outside of Tucson. Some time later, she happened upon the old priced-just-right trailer that was in need of tender loving care. Maybe the trailer came before the land. I don't remember for sure. But for Molly, trailer plus land equaled a soul-soothing getaway from a less-than-satisfying 9-to-5 life anchored by a high-tech job in California's Silicon Valley.

I emailed her that night with a few rambling comments about the trailer. Since then, I've probably emailed her two or three more times. In one message, I sent her links to some web sites I thought she would like. In another, my condolences when her homeless buddy, Buster, passed away.

Has the trailer passed away, too? Or just been passed on to another owner? There haven't been any recent mentions of the Roadmaestra. No wonder. Molly's traded in that California to Arizona commute to put down roots in the desert. She's got herself a home in the Avra Valley now. Attached securely to the ground. Not just a trailer that a strong wind might push to California in a weird dream following a night of too much tequila, but a real house.

I love the washing machine on the front porch. Molly says it's an Arizona thing.

I also like Molly's writing, photography and art. She's sort of a paradigm for the "modern woman," or at least what I imagine the modern woman to be. She's still got a day job to pay the bills, but her nights (and weekends) are made for better things. Writing, painting, photography, illustrations, pinup art (WARNING: Adult content; Molly says, "There's nothing wrong with pretty girls."), comics ("comics that are not for kids," as Molly puts it on her comic web page), and art shows.

I've read that if you type in "home-based business opportunities" in the Google search engine, Google will come back at you with 69,000,000 hits. I suspect a lot of those home based businesses are scams. Molly's the real deal. She's the real home-based business woman. Except that tag doesn't fit exactly.

Purists would have a fit if Picasso were called a home-based business man. Rightly so. So scratch the previous paragraph. I'll just say that today's economy gives people the opportunity to pursue higher interests--art, religion, philosophy--and make a living at the same time. As an economist, I can say, "Three cheers for capitalism." As a person, I'll add, "Three cheers for Molly Kiely for making the world a more interesting place."

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15 Comments:

At 8:53 PM, Blogger frances said...

Dr. Ayers, in reading about Molly, memories of "Women Who Run With Wolves" (author escapes my mind), come to mind, and in psychology, the "Self-Actualization" that is to me what every person should achieve in order to be the most that we can be. Molly seems to have achieved the most that she can be, without having to sacrifice herself. If we were all as in tune with ourselves as she is..the world would be a better place.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Ronald M. Ayers said...

Wow! Frances, thanks for the comment. I wonder if Molly would agree.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Molly Kiely seems like an amazing woman. Most People take years to try and find a glimpse of eveything they want to be, and never use it. Some of us know how liberating it is to be yourself and not care about what others think. Knowing yourself and following your intuitions as a person and friend is just the beginning to a fulfilled life. This girl has it going on. From one girl to the next... be yourself, love yourself, live for yourself.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Tony and Lindsay said...

I too think that it is great that we are able to fully express ourselves in any way we want to yet still earn a living in the rest of our time. This enables us to be fulfilled, happy, true to ourselves. The problem is that alot of us let other things get in the way such as stress, laziness or work. All of us could use a little more self-expression.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Alexandra said...

I totally envy Molly's life. She embraces life for all its worth and doesn't seem to let daily issues get in her way. Or maybe she does and she just hurdles around them. My mom always says that I drown in a cup of water...maybe there is something that I can learn from her. Wow, great article!

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Christian Guajardo said...

To have the freedom to do as we please to express and share our beliefs and values is an amazing thing. However, I beg to differ that everyone feels the same way. Perhaps some people may be frightened to express their true feelings and show who they really are, or have otherwise been accused or misjudged because of their beliefs. I think it takes a strong person to stand up for what they believe in.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Christian Guajardo said...

To have the freedom to do as we please to express and share our beliefs and values is an amazing thing. However, I beg to differ that everyone feels the same way. Perhaps some people may be frightened to express their true feelings and show who they really are, or have otherwise been accused or misjudged because of their beliefs. I think it takes a strong person to stand up for what they believe in.

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger alexandra said...

molly seems to be a one of a kind woman. These are the ones that are hard to find and still hard to keep for the fact that they know what they strive in life.

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Marlo M said...

Molly Kiely- Cool. She is a lucky woman to be appearingful fulfilled and so full and fully experiencing life and her interests. Most women, ...most humans...most people, are too busy just trying to get through daily life and job, kids, husband or wives, household duties, friends, family obligations to even think about having so many hobbies.
"Self-Actualization" at its best. It probably takes some people until they are old and gray and too old and decrepit to "do anything"
Cheers to Molly.

p.s. Notice only females have commneted on this blog. Hmmmmm...wonder whats thats all about? Come on guys...you'll enjoy the There's nothing wrong with a pretty girl section!

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger mcerda said...

Molly, in a way reminds me a little of Janis Joplin, except she got on a bus ride out of here. She pursued her passion and didn't care what people thought. In the end she is a legend who died with fame. She was the most she can be like Molly with another exception: drugs in the end killed her.

 
At 9:56 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

The freedom, inspiration and creatie mind that Molly has is a true inspiration for anyone. What a wonderful life.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have a crush. Will you venture after love?

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger Rich Molumby said...

I have an Entr site/blog. It pretty much covers making large amounts of money on the web.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

 
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At 12:49 AM, Blogger Web2earn said...

Hello,

Speaking of home based businesses, I tried to put together a list of some of the most profitable WAHBs you can try. You can see the list of work at home business ideas on my website, web2earn.com. It’s still an open list, so if you have any new ideas or suggestions, I’d be more than happy to hear them.

I also plan to review each business opportunity in greater detail, when my time permits it, and turn my website in a prime location for WAHB information.

Warm regards,

Mihai

 

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