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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, Blue Bird and Sapphire.
Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver
Shirley Stroud Riddle,
Stark State College, Canton, Ohio
Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY
Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix
All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.
The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is
unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance,
mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and
kindreds of the earth.
*Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith (fiction)
*The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (fiction)
*The Half of It Was Never Told, by Carolyn Sparey Fox (biography)
*In Search of the Dark Ages, by Michael Wood (history)
*Dancing With the Enemy, by Paul Glaser (memoir)
*The Summons of the Lord of Hosts (scripture)
*The Master in Akka, by Myron Phelps (memoir)
*The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (fiction)