I was born and brought up in South Boston, Massachusetts, attending both public and parochial schools there. Mid-high school, we moved to a small town north of the city. I went on to a Community College, and then worked for the Federal Government as a tax examiner. I married, and after our first child was born I left full time work. When our daughter went to school full time, I went back to a State College intending to teach, but finding no teaching jobs available, I went into the education side of state subsidized day care. A few years later, I returned to search for a teaching job, was encouraged to complete a Graduate Degree and attended Lesley University in Cambridge. I finished those formal years of education with a summer course at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
After working for several years at the elementary school in many special and general education positions, and teaching briefly as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley College Graduate School, I moved on to the middle school years, where I taught all core subjects in all three grades. While doing that, I wrote a semi-annual Academics and Education column for the international Phi Kappa Phi Forum, a quarterly multi-disciplinary professional journal for members of the oldest public honor society, of which I am a member.
I also worked as an election poll worker for town elections and as a teller for town meeting tallies during these years of teaching. For at least two decades I welcomed voters and their children to ballot boxes; in time those children themselves became voters with youngsters in tow. After thirty years of public school teaching, I have retired and have many stories to tell.
I make lap sized quilts, often writing stories behind the quilts or the people receiving them. I help my husband with his Wooden Toy and Gift shop. We have been married for over forty years, and are now living our dream of retirement. Each of these settings provides a wealth of story lines yet to be developed.
The middle child of nine children born during the baby boom, I'm now a mother of two grown children. I have two teen-aged grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews, and dozens of cousins. But in this very large family, I alone carry the label of a PWMS - Person with Multiple Sclerosis. That belated diagnosis brought inevitable change and challenge, and offers many scenarios deserving of its own story.
Five years after hearing the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, I was told I had malignant melanoma. For the next eighteen months more than eight surgeries to remove the dangerous sites of melanoma, squamous and basal cell carcinoma occurred, warranted its own book as a sequel to Multiple Sclerosis an Enigma.
I have seven books published (four also in ebook editions) and have another two in the works, with a projected tenth book simmering on the back burner for next summer's project. My books are of different styles and genres; you can read about them below. Each one allows a preview at its book page.
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