Working from my home and on my own clock, allowed time to learn to do other kinds of writing. Continuing education classes and many years at the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop encouraged my writing efforts and took away my fear of empty retirement years. I love the workshop setting and have gone on to lead them with older adults, East African development workers, women in treatment for addiction, writer’s groups and church groups.
Now I live with my husband Fritz on an acreage in Western Michigan within a 20-mile radius of our three children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. Our passion is to preserve the tall-grass prairie, encourage native wildflowers and record creation’s bounty with his photographs and my writing. Teaching continues to nourish me, especially with mature adults who are eager to write the stories of their long and colorful lives.