Life in California And Beyond

I graduated from Kansas State cum laude (yes, I studied a lot, but not as much as the summa cum laude and magna cum laude) in 1970. Fred and I married and returned to his home state of California to live.

Until they left for college, our home in California was the only home my two children ever knew. My daughter Amy graduated from New York University's Tisch School of Performing Arts and is following her heart's desire: choreographing, directing, and performing in musical theatre, plus raising two children with her husband. She has always been what people call a "triple threat," talented as a dancer, singer, and actress.

My son Cal graduated from Dartmouth and then the Tuck School of Business. In a basketball family, we are proud Cal was co-captain of the Dartmouth basketball team and led the Ivy League in blocked shots! He lives in New York City with his wife.

I loved Sonoma County, California, but I missed the Kansas thunderstorms, the lightning, and the friendly people who dropped by anytime of day just to say "hello." Now that I’m in Florida, I miss Sonoma County’s rolling fog, rocky cliffs, and the most delicious food in the world. But I’m loving the Florida sunshine, the beautiful old oaks surrounding my new home, and being near family.

When I’m not writing or speaking at schools, spending time with my family is my favorite activity. Other activities include gardening, practicing yoga, snorkeling, going to my daughter’s theatre productions (she’s a director and choreographer), and gazing at the stars.

On to Chapter 5..

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