This post is a celebration of my mother, also known as Nonny, Crazy Nonny, Helen Haley, H.H., the “fun” substitute teacher, and Mrs. Haley. She asked me to take this picture of her for her facebook account. When I was in Wisconsin, H.H was insistent that I come with her to her Zumba class. What is Zumba you ask? Zumba is a Latin American dance that involves very provocative moves to a rumba beat. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole experience: twenty middle-to late-aged women in large t-shirts doing pelvic thrusts…and my mother next to me in her swimsuit (Hey…don’t knock it till you’ve tried it…she said it was comfortable!). I think I will stick to running. My mother is so full of life, vitality, creativity, and unorthodox behavior that it would be selfish for me to keep all of these stories to myself. The Helen Haley: Raw and Uncensored post will be a way for me to celebrate her life with others and give everyone a good laugh in the process.