I was born in a 1949 Studebaker in the parking lot of a bar near Mission Bay, San Diego. My father said the back seat of the car was never the same again.
We stayed in San Diego until I was seven, when we moved to the mountains west of Boulder near a town called Nederland, where we lived for 9 years. I got my BA at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have also lived in Juneau Alaska, San Francisco California, Bremerton Washington, San Rafael California, Eldridge Missouri and Lebanon Missouri.
I have worked (not necessarily in order) as a seamstress, waitress, secretary, housekeeper, executive secretary, legal secretary, legal researcher, campaign office manager, receptionist, hotel maid, viola player, orchestra manager, orchestra librarian, library clerk, clerk typist, greenhouse worker, landscape laborer, camp counsellor for the Olympic Music Festival, massage therapist, organic chemistry lab tech, technical typist, office temporary, baby sitter, and a few other things too, I’m sure. I’ve probably forgotten something by now.
Right now I live on two acres in a medium sized town in Missouri. I earn a pretty good living as a massage therapist. I have trained in Swedish massage, reflexology, polarity, neuromuscular retraining, ideokinesis, lymphatic massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, acupressure massage, and shiatsu; and have been certified as a Conscious Bodyworker, and in Prenatal Massage, CORE myofascial release, and Muscle Release Technique. I am a Reiki Master. We recently completed a Finnish Sauna with a dressing room which we make available to my clients, in addition to enjoying it ourselves.
I am married, have one adopted son who is presently in the US Army, and am owned by two cats, Smokey (the Siamese-y one with blue eyes) and Mike (the black one with the attitude), who grudgingly share me with a Golden Lab/Golden Retriever mix named Ruby.
We have many flower beds, a vegetable garden, a table grape arbor, a raspberry patch, an espaliered apple orchard, and a 64 vine vineyard which will produce red wine once the grapes have grown up. All of this is done strictly organically.
The property has been certified as an Official Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This means we provide food, water, shelter and places for animals to live. In addition to an extensive list of birds, we have frogs, toads, salamanders, a wood chuck, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossums, and the occasional deer sharing our space.
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