In my happy place, 5 years old (?) Redondo Beach, CA

I became a Christian during the 1970’s Jesus Movement in Southern California { you can Google it} and am daily amazed at God’s patience with me. 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 2 years at the beginning of my career. That experience, including 5 yrs. working with kids with special needs, is all material for writing my way through the days.

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 6, 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 Fun Facts:

-I once embarrassed Judy Collins {Google again} at a concert in Fresno, California by presenting her onstage 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 yrs 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
-I was 40 yrs old when I received my teaching degree but needed 3 credits before I could graduate-in Science! Argh. I chose to make up the work during summer by taking a weeklong backpack trip. We hiked up over 12,000 feet from the Yosemite Valley floor with a motley crew of folks young & old. I nearly died (altitude sickness) but will never forget the astonishment of sitting on a bare granite outcropping, staring up at the moon. Surviving that trip was one of the most difficult, memorable achievements of my life.


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