Saraiya Kanning of Raebird Creations

                   Cover artist for EDEN

      Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY

               Tucson Festival of Books


  Current reads:


  *A History of the Arab People, by Albert Hourani

  *The Institution of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar (scripture)

  *Furutan, by Iran Furutan Muhajir (biography)

  *The Cay, by Theodore Taylor (y-a fiction)

   *Book of the Hopi, by Frank Waters (sociology)

   *The Confidence-Man, by Herman Melville (fiction)

   *Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (poetry)

   *Peace:  More Than an End to War (scripture)

   *German Milwaukee, ed by Jennifer Watson 

                     Schumacher  (history)

            Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver

             Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix

  Rebekah Cabrera, Principal,

  Coatimundi Middle School, Rio Rico AZ

   Psychotherapy Associates 43rd Annual  

     Winter Symposium, Colorado Springs

  Marquisha Ledwell, host of Slick Talx, and

  Cap III, owner of Joy Radio, Canton, Ohio

 Vonnie Ackerman and Linda Colhoff-Glover 

  of ASAP Coalition, Rapid City, South Dakota

                  Shirley Stroud Riddle

         Stark State College, Canton OH

 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.




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   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 monster cat named Grey Bear and his two pet

   parakeets, Bluey and Sapphire.