I was born in Connecticut but spent most of my childhood in Ames, Iowa, where my father taught engineering at Iowa State. It was a great town to live in as a child in those days, with virtually no crime, excellent public schools and the cultural activities of a college town. On our bicycles, my friends and I could go anywhere we wished as long as we were home in time for supper. And we did not have to lock our bikes when we went into the student union cafeteria to have lemon Cokes.
My family moved to the Chicago area just as I was entering junior high. Again, excellent suburban public schools prepared me well for college, and I continued on to complete a doctorate in educational psychology, with a career in suburban public schools. My most recent position was Supervising Psychologist in a large, high school district. I also worked as adjunct faculty at two universities, teaching graduate school courses in educational psychology and the laws pertaining to the education of children and youth with disabilities. I remained in the Chicago area for over 4 decades and now have an adult son living there.
Following early retirement, my ex-husband and I moved to Costa Rica, bought a small farm, built a house and got a divorce. I pursued my interests in writing, organic agriculture, and activism for justice and peace. I have traveled to three Latin American countries on human rights delegations and published articles on these issues. I have also published stories in two anthologies about living in Costa Rica and have written many feature stories as a freelance writer for The Tico Times, Costa Rica’s English-language newspaper.
I believe humans need community. We are designed to live in villages. It’s the kind of creatures we are. For a couple of years I explored creating a cohousing community on my small farm in Costa Rica and determined that it would be too complicated to do here. I did learn a lot about cohousing in the process. Living here has been an adventure I am glad to have experienced, but I am ready to return to the US. When I began to search cohousing communities, a friend told me about Shepherd Village. I was immediately impressed with the friendliness of the people I met last September and the care with which decisions are being made. The land is beautiful, and returning to a college town feels good.