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 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 42 years now and
consider it home.