My life would be simpler if I didn’t care—
If I gave little thought to national issues such as elections, equal opportunities for all within our justice system, the disintegration of our environment, women’s reproductive rights.
My life would be simpler if I didn’t care about relationships—if I gave little thought to the man I married when I was twenty-one, my adult children, my grandchildren, to the well-being of friends.
Though born in Indiana, I grew up in Orlando, Florida, when it was still a sleepy little southern town. For more than twenty years my husband and I lived in the Chicago area. In 2008, to be closer to our children and grandchildren, we returned to the South, to North Carolina. So I’m either a Midwesterner who’s been influenced by my southern upbringing or a Southerner influenced by midwestern ways.
Friends think of me as having a positive outlook, but I can quickly create a list of negatives—things I DON”T do. I don’t cook. I don’t have a pet, nor do I want one. I don’t serve on committees. I haven’t adjusted well to technology (not even to the telephone).
I DO like sunshine and feel nostalgic for the days when we assumed it was safe to bake on a beach towel. I like time to myself. I like books. I travel every chance I get, and if I anticipate staying home for a while, I take trips vicariously by watching Rick Steves on PBS. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. In 2005 and 2008 my husband was invited to teach a semester in Seoul, ROK. We both came to love Korea and its people, who taught us much about hospitality.
Finally, I treasure time spent with my husband, Jim, our children, and grandchildren.