Cindy Wickland, 44, was born in England as a "military brat." Her family moved around a bit growing up, but she was raised in San Bernardino.
Wickland moved to Hesperia in 1996, where she and her husband have raised their four children.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in the High Desert?
A: It will sound corny, but we always love how you get to really experience the seasons up here. How it is hot in the summer, crispy in the fall, a little snow in the winter and perfect in the spring.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: As a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, the best part is having been able to really be there for my kids. They know they can rely on me for anything. My husband works extra hard so that I've been able to stay home.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: There would be no homeless people, and absolutely no one would be starving. It's ridiculous with all of the shelter and food we have. People need to help each other more.
Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: I wish I had a great singing voice! I sing all the time, but it would be nice if people enjoyed it.
Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: I'd like to have dinner with Oprah. She went from rags to riches and defeated all odds to become one of the most powerful people in the world.
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: Oh my gosh — there are so many. I read such a large range of books. I recently finished Barbara Walters' autobiography, and she is amazing. The life she led... I really love Sylvia Browne. But I also love the Twilight series. I bought and read the whole series in less than two weeks. I can't pick just one book.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My mom. She taught me how to be a mother and showed me that putting your family first pays off in the end. I have an amazing
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney
Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: Set that iPod or cell phone down and enjoy real life, because it passes
quickly. Take the time to write a letter with a pen and paper. It is so rare nowadays, but it is also so appreciated. You only get one life, so make the most of it.
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.
A: Definitely the Susan G. Komen foundation and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. My sister is a five-year breast cancer survivor and it has really impacted our lives. St. Jude's is so amazing, treating these children whether or not their families can afford the treatment. I make it a point to donate to both of these charities at every chance.
Q: Of all the places you've been, what's your favorite and why?
A: San Francisco — it has something for everyone, and I have special memories there with my parents.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I want to go back to London, since I have no real memories of it. But I think maybe Italy would be nice. Or just travel by car around the United States, really stopping to see everything.
Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Candy — I love it!
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