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A thought:

     Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in

     the rain.





   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.


             Dr. Lisa L. Smith, ASU Phoenix

        With "Our Last Chants" in Denver,

        Navajo folk-music group and  film

        production company

        Kody Dayish Productions

        Saraiya Kanning of Raebird Creations

                   Cover artist for EDEN

   Psychotherapy Associates 43rd Annual  

     Winter Symposium, Colorado Springs

      Elaine Goodrich-Premo, SheridanCollege WY

            Dr. Patrick Griswold, MSU Denver

  Current Reads:

  * Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said (fiction)

  *Four Souls, by Louise Erdrich (fiction)

  * Schuster's and Gimbels, by Paul H. Geenen (history)

  * A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani

  * Citadel of Faith, by Shoghi Effendi (spiritual guidance)

  * The Scribe's Promise, by Jennifer Pollard (fiction)

  * The Unconsoled, by Kazuo Ishiguro (fiction)

                  Shirley Stroud Riddle

         Stark State College, Canton OH