I grew up in a small town
in northwestern Ohio. My grandparents were farmers. My dad worked as an
auto mechanic and logger when I was very young. When I was around ten,
he started working in factories, eventually retiring from the Whirlpool
My mother stayed at home when I was young. She did ironing for other families.
When I was an adolescent, she went to work as a cook in a nursing home
and continued working in nursing homes until her retirement.
After high school, I followed in my fathers footsteps and went to
work on an assembly line at Whirlpool Corporation. During my third year
on the line (assembling clothes dryers and dishwashers), I learned Transcendental
Meditation. Meditation changed my life. Shortly thereafter
I quit my factory job and started down the road to higher education.
I attended Maharishi
International University (MIU), located in Fairfield, Iowa. MIU (now
called Maharishi University of Management) is accredited by the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During my undergraduate studies,
I interned at the National Archives in Washington, DC, working in the
still and motion picture libraries. I received a Bachelors degree
in Law, Government, and Public Affairs.
Cooking and Learning
After college, I followed
somewhat in my mothers footsteps and worked for a year as a vegetarian
cook for a large family in Washington, DC. During this time I was fortunate
enough to travel to India, meet many fascinating people, and broaden my
After my one year commitment
as a cook ended, I returned to MIU to study professional writing. When
I took a class in Technical Writing, I knew that I had found a career
opportunity that would prove to be interesting, challenging, and fun.
I live a peaceful, small-town life in Iowa—the land of the “emerald
horizon” and sapphire blue skies that go on and on forever.
A transplanted Ohioan, I have lived in Iowa for over 35 years now and
consider it home.