When I grew up in the rural Missouri countryside, vacations were scarce, but adventuring was as easy as picking up a book. I traveled far and wide with Laura Ingalls and her family. I worked as a junior detective helping Nancy Drew and her friends solve all their most important cases, and thanks to Emily Dickinson I knew hope was a thing with feathers.
College came by way of Dana College in Nebraska, and what’s a girl with books on the brain supposed to major in during college? Why English, of course! And after that? Why, more English of course, this time in graduate school at the foot of the Snowy Range in Laramie at the University of Wyoming.
Following graduation, I traded in the solace of open spaces for the kudzu and magnolias of South Carolina where I taught in the English Department at Presbyterian College. After several years in the trenches, I did her best imitation of Odysseus (one of her favorite characters ever!) and left academics (my very own Circe’s island). My husband, Richard, and I pulled up stakes, and returned home to pursue a creative, entrepreneurial lifestyle together.
Today, I’m a homeschool mom and a teacher at heart, I gets my literature fix on by sharing the classics with high school aged home educated students at a local homeschool co-op. What better way to spend an afternoon than introducing a new generation of readers to Shakespeare, Homer, Dante, or whomever happens to be on the syllabus.
I live with my family in central Missouri in the house my grandparents built. In my off hours, she enjoys poking through antique shops, gardening, and hand piecing and quilting.