I grew up on Milwaukee’s east side, attended Lawrence University and UW—Madison, and moved to Chicago to pursue a writing career. In 1969 I took a 2-month leave from the University of Chicago Press to move to an orchard shed and open Edgewood Orchard Galleries midway between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. I loved everything about being here in that simple and struggling time and I never left--marrying, raising children, and becoming part of the local community. A thread throughout has been a belief in the joy of a creative life, and a desire to share that joy by helping to start the artist-in-residence program at Gibraltar School (Friends of Gibraltar) in 1982, the Door Community Auditorium in 1991, and Write On, Door County in 2011. And now our young grandchildren are part of it all! I’m very involved with Write On, so I guess it was natural that I wrote my first book at 75! It is available at Edgewood Orchard Galleries and throughout Door County at various bookstores and shops.
2019, Sand Beach Press
This picture book is a happy story told in rhyme that includes all kinds of Doodles, but most of all, it’s about the love and joy dogs bring into our lives. It is wonderfully illustrated by Wisconsin artist Molly Johnson. Each spread contains a nonfiction sidebar section with information about dog breeds commonly paired with Poodles to create Doodles, so you’ll learn characteristics of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, Cockapoos and Yorkipoos, Whoodles, and Schnoodles and more!
I am a member of two poetry groups, Word Women and Unabridged, and I have had poems
included in both Door County Poets Collective anthologies: Soundings: Door County in Poetry,
2015 and Halfway to the North Pole: Door County in Poetry, 2020 I am working on a second book based on a true story of a dog needing a home, with kindness as an underlying theme.