Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix


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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.


Current reads:

   *The Wailing Wind, by Tony Hillerman (fiction)

  *The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (fiction)

   *Dawn Over Mount Hira, by Marzieh Gail (essays)

   *In Search of the Dark Ages, by Michael Wood (history)

   *'Abdu'l-Baha, by H. M. Balyuzi (biography)

   *The Summons of the Lord of Hosts (scripture)

   *Ehanamani "Walks Among", by Dr. A. C. Ross (autobiography)

   *The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (fiction)

A thought:

  We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the

   Mount.  Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.  We know more

   about killing than we do about living.

                                                                                  ---General Omar Bradley



            Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver

                      Shirley Stroud Riddle,

             Stark State College, Canton, Ohio

      Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY