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I am a lover of the outdoors, poetry, kayaking, children, grandchildren, music, writing, stories of all kinds, Detroit, digging in the dirt, good fresh natural food, all seasons of the year, plays, and books. I am a polio survivor, mother, grandmother, lesbian, Feminist, Unitarian, lover of life.
I spent the first 32 years of my life in Detroit at a time when it was a thriving big city. My husband and I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1966, and my three children grew up there. We divorced in 1974 just after I completed a Masters degree in Nursing at Marquette University. A few years later I became active in the women's movement and in the process fell in love with a woman and spent the next 17 years of my life with her.
After retirement in 2000 from a long professional nursing career, during which I wrote for textbooks and peer-reviewed journals, I turned to writing creative non-fiction. I have always loved stories and ultimately decided that I had a story worth telling the world.
In 2003 I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to my two sons and four grandchildren. A small college town suits me at this stage of my life and is close enough to Detroit to allow frequent visits to sing with my beloved Gaia chorus and enjoy the culture the city offers.
In Ann Arbor, the many parks, abundant lakes and nature areas enhance my enjoyment of the outdoors. I still love to kayak though not as often as I used to. My garden of native plants satisfies my love of digging in the dirt and birds feasting at my feeders provide joy in all seasons.
I am passionate about environmental issues and volunteered in the past with the Huron River Watershed Council. I also sing with a women’s chorus. We call ourselves the “Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin.” We are women of Canada and the metro Detroit area who sing the music of Carolyn McDade, renowned songwriter and activist, and others to spread a message of peace, justice and care for the earth.
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