Current reads:


  *A History of the Arab People, by Albert Hourani

  *Century of Light, by the Universal House of Justice


  *Furutan, by Iran Furutan Muhajir (biography)

  *I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to

           Know Me Better, by Dorothy Rosby (humor)

   *Materialism:  Moral and Social Consequences, by

            Abdu'l-Missaghi Ghadirian, MD (psychology)

   *Millard Salter's Last Day, by Jacob M. Appel (fiction)

   *Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (memoir)

   *Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (poetry)

                  Shirley Stroud Riddle

         Stark State College, Canton OH

 Vonnie Ackerman and Linda Colhoff-Glover 

  of ASAP Coalition, Rapid City, South Dakota

            Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver

             Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix

      Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY

  Marquisha Ledwell, host of Slick Talx, and

  Cap III, owner of Joy Radio, Canton, Ohio

  Rebekah Cabrera, Principal,

  Coatimundi Middle School, Rio Rico AZ

   Psychotherapy Associates 43rd Annual  

     Winter Symposium, Colorado Springs

               Tucson Festival of Books


        Saraiya Kanning of Raebird Creations

                   Cover artist for EDEN

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 A thought:

  Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of

  trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and

  success achieved.

                                                                ---Helen Keller




   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.