Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver

             Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix

   Psychotherapy Associates 43rd Annual  

     Winter Symposium, Colorado Springs

        Saraiya Kanning of Raebird Creations

                   Cover artist for EDEN


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         Stark State College, Canton OH

      Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY

                     Tucson Festival of Books


  Marquisha Ledwell, host of Slick Talx, and

  Cap III, owner of Joy Radio, Canton, Ohio

  Rebekah Cabrera, Principal,

  Coatimundi Middle School, Rio Rico AZ

 Vonnie Ackerman and Linda Colhoff-Glover 

  of ASAP Coalition, Rapid City, South Dakota

 A thought:

  If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.  If you

  want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.




  Current reads:

  *Shoghi Effendi, Recollections, by Ugo Giachery


  *Healing Racism:  Education's Role, edited by Nathan

                      Rutstein and Michael Morgan 

  *Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre (fiction)

  *Wisconsin Indians, by Nancy Oestreich Lurie (history)

  *Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clariss Pinkola

                       Estes, Ph.D (psychology)

  *Daughter of Persia, by Sattareh Farman Farmaian


   *Memories of Nine Years in Akka, by Dr. Youness 

                       Afroukhteh (memoir)  

  *The Black Opal, by Victoria Holt (fiction)




   I opened my eyes to this world on September 24, 1949, in the old army hospital at Ft. Ord, California, the

   oldest child of M/Sgt Michael and Mrs. Harriet Hofer.  My dad was the first American-born son of 

   Croatian immigrants, and my mother was the granddaughter of Prussian farmers.

   In 1967 I graduated from Seaside High School, Seaside, California, and in 1977 I received an Associate

   Degree in Nursing (RN) from El Paso Community College (now called Pikes Peak CC) in Colorado

   Springs.  I also attended Västmanlands Läns Landstings Vårdskolan (nursing school)  in Västerås,

   Sweden, for a year.  (Yes, I can speak Swedish, although I'm a bit rusty.  I could speak some Hausa at one

   time, too, but all that's left of that is a couple stains on my tongue.)  My nursing shoes sprinted down the

   long corridors of a county jail, a renal-diabetic unit, two AIDS units and two long-term care facilities.

   They tiptoed between patients lying on the floors of two over-crowded Nigerian hospitals and stood for

    hours squelching in the heat of a Nigerian OR.  For the last few years of my nursing career I was

    HIV/AIDS certified.  I retired in 2012.

   While an Army brat I lived in (besides Ft. Ord) Hawai, Ohio, California, Virginia, and Germany.  When

    no longer "Army" I nested briefly in Colorado, Sweden, Nigeria, and several towns in California.

    As you can guess, all that moving around has put me in a constant state of homesickness:  I always long

    to be somewhere else.

   I currently call Colorado home.  I share my space with a slightly senile cat named Grey Bear.