About

Why, hello there! I am so glad you stopped by. Let me introduce myself, and hopefully, you will introduce yourself back!

I am Maria Cowell, a writer, wife, and mother.

Welcome to my blog. This is where I muse, meddle and have moments. As a former reporter and editor and a current marketing professional, I have written in many formats, but what I  enjoy most is writing about the human condition and perspectives on culture, be it humorous or contemplative.

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Who is Hip Mama?

I have been writing professionally for 30 years. I am a communications studies graduate of  Azusa Pacific University. I have been a reporter for Wave Publications in South Los Angeles and have had the privilege on interviewing leaders in the African-American community, such as the late Alex Haley, author of the blockbuster “Roots,” and Arthur Mitchell, founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Additionally, I served as the features editor of the Glendale News-Press, overseeing reporters and photographers and serving on the editorial team. From the newspaper world, I moved to work in public relations for Catholic Charities of Greater Los Angeles.

I am the director of communications and media relations  for one of the nation’s most elite college-preparatory schools and athletic powerhouses in Southern California. As such, I write a variety of content for the web, annual publications, marketing themes, press notifications and social media.

I have been married nearly 30  years to Bill and we have three young adult children an a lovely daughter-in-law. We live in an equestrian community of Los Angeles (surprise: it’s not all a concrete jungle) and share our home with our beautiful, blue-eyed Siberian Husky.

I can’t live without reading, the beach, or sweet dessert wine. I love our amazing national parks and have been to 35 parks and national monuments and counting! I am trilingual: English, Spanish and conversational in American Sign Language, having completed an Interpreter for the Deaf program.

Contact Information

If you are interested in my freelance writing, would like to use an excerpt from my blog, would like to guest blog on Hip Mama Media or would like me to guest blog on your site, contact me  and let’s connect.

Disclaimer and Disclosures

This is my personal blog and contains my opinions, thoughts and ideas and does not represent the views of my employer or any professional associates or clients. Every now and then I will promote other authors, or products, not because they pay me to, but because their work is great and it will provide a benefit to my readers. I don’t gain financially by doing this, but I believe we all gain when we learn from each other and share our collective artistry.

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