Ushi Nottnagel

Ushi Nottnagel

“The mountain calls” is a Bavarian saying, expressing the urgency to spend time in the mountains. I know this feeling well and therefore live and want to continue living in the mountains of West Virginia.

I was born in the Alps and spent my youth in Munich, Germany. While living in Munich I skied plenty, ran competitively, studied Math and Physics to become a high school teacher, traveled part of the world, was involved in human rights and treasured the cultural variety and the history of Munich. My life changed dramatically when, within two years, I had three children. In 1981 we moved to the United States where I became involved in PTAs, in co-ops, traveled extensively, earned a nursing degree, and became a massage therapist. Now I continue to work as a self employed massage therapist. And after thirty years, I still like to ease the physical and the invisible discomfort.

My children are grown, married, self-sufficient and fill me with pride. My four young grandchildren add to the fun in my life. I use home remedies and mainly live my life following my heart. Tai Chi and mindfulness meditation bring me inner balance as well as a larger social life.

Besides rivers and mountains, in Shepherdstown I have found heart-warming, supportive friends who are creative and inspiring. Where else can you find monthly story-telling and a yearly “live”radio show? I love the poetry readings, live musical performances and theatre.