Author and Educator I grew up in the culture of New England in a small Massachusetts town. How I got from there to the West Coast is an interesting tale. For a number of years I was an ESL teacher in northern Virginia. And before that, in a former life, I lived overseas in the Foreign Service. Just as I provided “springboards” for my students in writing class, my travels provide the backdrop for my second book, a memoir full of humor and pathos, about how I’ve overcome my lifelong depression and found the key to being happy. My partner, Gene, and I live part of the year in New Mexico where we grow fruit on our orchard for sale at the local markets. When I’m not writing, I sing in a small women’s choir. And I do volunteer work in twelve-step organizations. We still get away whenever we can to enjoy hiking and backpacking all over the United States. The rest of the year is for grandchildren and salt air at our home on an island in Puget Sound. Toward the end of my teaching career, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching. That journey was critical for me because it was a Master’s in Reflective Practice. Now that I’m retired, I have time to reflect back on my fortunate life. But it’s an inward journey I’ve been on for the past few years. My bittersweet mother/daughter memoir has been published in New Mexico. It’s my first full-length publication.