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Meet the Author

When I was 15 years old, I attended a large fun party and upon leaving I reached into a tiny closet to get my coat. Someone pushed me into the closet, shoved some guy in behind me, and held the door shut. I didn’t know who he was then but within three months, we planned our lives together.  We married five years later and are now approaching our 50th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2011.

We left our Chicago home when he was transferred to Ohio in 1965.  I was a conservative Catholic mother of three (later to be five), a high school graduate, and someone who never questioned authority.  The little college town of Yellow Springs became the catalyst for a life of change, a life I treasure for all the opportunities it’s given me, especially a sense of knowing I’ve made a difference.

Those “radical” professors and students at Antioch College (communists trying to brainwash me?) eventually convinced me of the immorality of the Vietnam War.  My Catholicism and the influence of the Quakers interviewed on the Phil Donahue radio show led me to becoming a peace activist.

After the birth of our fifth baby in 1969, I became co-chair of Springfield People for Peace. Because we became such a viable and active group in our midwest town of 65,000, I had the incredible experience of going to the Paris Peace Talks in 1971.  My political career started with my election as a McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democrat National Convention. (This is all described in my book.)

The Rest of My Story (not in the book):

In 1984, I was selected to attend the Democrat National Convention in San Francisco as a Gary Hart delegate. Frustrated with the options I faced as a voter and a member of the Nuclear Freeze Movement, I ran as a write-in candidate against incumbent Republican Congressman, Michael DeWine (later a U.S. Senator).  My friends and I hoped to make a political statement about the issues of peace and the nuclear arms race. I actually won Yellow Springs, Mike DeWine’s home town!  In 1986 I was asked to run for State Representative.  Rather than have the incumbent run unopposed, I agreed.  I knew it was a long shot and wasn’t surprised or crushed when I lost. But I did very well against a 26 year incumbent so I tried two more times. As a Democrat in one of the most Republican districts in the state, I couldn’t quite overcome the odds though I came within slightly over one percent.

Throughout the years, I’ve served on numerous not-for-profit boards. I’m especially proud of helping establish the Springfield Peace Center, an initiative that teaches area youth how to resolve conflicts without violence, and The DECK, a local youth center in Urbana.  My husband Jim and I served on the Ohio Family Care Association Board of Directors during the 1990’s. We’ve served as foster parents since 1968 and adopted our last four foster children in 2000.

I serve on the Ohio Juvenile Justice InitiativeParent Engagement Committee, a statewide collaboration of professionals working to improve the juvenile justice system.  I currently facilitate the Champaign County Peace Alliance and the Clark and Champaign County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and remain active in politics and other peace activities.

My most recent works of fiction are two young adult novels, At What Cost? andWaiting for Justice — both waiting for a publisher! I’ve also finished writing a screen play (family movie) called Under ‘S’ for Sucker which is based on our experiences as a foster family.

Did I mention that we have fifteen extraordinary grandchildren?

 

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