me at beach 5 yrs old
In my happy place. Redondo Beach, CA (ca. 1957)

Before I began writing online I spent over 20 years in Elementary School classrooms wrangling early learners from Kindergarten through 6th grade and loved it. I even survived teaching middle school for two years at the beginning of my career.

Now that I’m retired from teaching, I consider gardening & weeding as therapy, along with scribbling essays and poetry in the margins of my days. My husband and I call the Seattle area our home and I’m grateful that my children and grandchildren are within driving distance. Spending time with them is among my greatest joys; I am Nana to six, the newest of whom was born in August 2019.

What I learned from 25 years of teaching: I think concrete, sequential, analytical people are highly overrated, even though I’m married to one. Give me Abstract Random every time.

3 Random, Completely Unrelated Facts:

I once embarrassed singer/songwriter Judy Collins {Google again} onstage at a concert in Fresno, California, with a bouquet of chrysanthemums from my yard and telling her we shared (sort of) the same name.

-We lost my son Aaron in a crowd at Disneyland when he was 6 years old while we were lined up for the Electric Light Parade. We found him three hours later safe and sound with the nice people in Lost and Found. #parentsoftheyear 

One month before I completed my teaching program graduation I was informed I was 3 credits short–in Science! Grrrr…. Luckily I was able to make up the credits in the summer by taking a weeklong backpack trip. Did I mention I was 40 years old at the time? We hiked up over 12,000 feet from the Yosemite Valley floor and I nearly died (altitude sickness). However, I will never forget the astonishment of sitting on a bare granite outcropping 14,000 feet above the earth, staring up at the moon. Surviving that trip was one of the most difficult, memorable achievements of my life.

In my ((other)) happy place, the garden.



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