I'm an Iowa girl, born and raised in Marshalltown. I lived out east—in Newport, Rhode Island, for ten years with my first husband—and then we moved back to Iowa where we eventually divorced. I stayed here to raise my children and found a full-time teaching job at Hawkeye Community College. I remarried in 2000—Mike is a farmer turned teacher, turned librarian/IT guy/geek. We enjoy driving in the country in the fall: Mike points out the tractors and harvesting equipment and comments on the state of the corn and soybean crops. He's become a wonderful Step-dad and Papa Mike to our two grandsons.
The picture in the upper left represents four generations. I'm holding my daughter, Michelle, with my mother, Charlotte, and grandma Nellie.
I retired in 2016 as a Professor in the Communications Department at Hawkeye Community College, in Waterloo, Iowa where I taught a variety of Literature and Writing courses as well as a Technology course for the Education students. I reinvented myself in retirement, working as a volunteer and advocate for the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties. I'm a writer, webmaster, blogger, geek, and family historian working on several writing projects, most notably the series Grandmother's Treasures.
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