". . . it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
Shug Avery in The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This page originally written as a class assignment, Spring 1997.
IS 490
The Information Environment

The University of Tennessee



I was born and raised in California but I didn’t stick. While I was growing up, my dad was an Aero-Space engineer and my mom worked for a Congressmen. Now they are retired and play a lot of golf. My sister became a nurse and still is.

After I graduated from St. Luke’s Nursing School in San Francisco, I somehow found myself in Chapel Hill, NC and working in the Duke Medical Center, in the Operating Room. One day, while scrubbed on a kidney transplant, I was introduced to my future husband whom I married on July 9, 1976.

Somewhere in there my interests changed and I became a student at Duke University where I received a degree in English. The high point there was being selected to take the spring writing seminar with Reynolds Price during my senior year.

I currently live on a farm south of Charlottesville, VA with lots of horses, cats and dogs. I should give special mention to Foxy Lady, my horse, since she is one of my very best friends and a source of much happiness.

"It's hard to be sad when you got a horse." Edgar Moss in Cold Times by Jordon Moore.
My husband, John, is Professor at UVA Medical Center in the Department of Surgery and I received a master's degree in Information Sciences from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences in May 2000. We have two amazing, happy children who love to play basketball , lacrosse or ride horses.

Its time for some lists
(required for this assignment)



Foxy Lady image
"Its like being Peter Pan. Its like a window on your soul, and you don’t feel you will ever die." Bill Toomey


"Books are essence of chocolate and spirit of God and wind, mountain, and wine."

MY RECOMMENDED READING LIST (I have a very long list of favorites, these are a few that are guaranteed to knock your socks off).

The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
To Dance With The White Dog by Terry Kay
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegnar
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Rule of The Bone by Russell Banks
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The Hours by Michael Cunningham


A few thoughts:

"I have stared ambition in the face and decided I don’t wish it." One of Hemingway’s sons


I want to live to be
An outrageous old woman
who is never accused of being an old lady

I want to live to have ten thousand lovers
In one love

There are at least
two of me

I want to get leaner and meaner
sharp edged
color of the ground
till I discorporate
From sheer joy.

by Julia Kooken


"All I want for the rest of my life is to get away with as much fun and freedom and adventures and love as possible."
from Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott

Please feel free to write to me.

Established Spring 1997
Last Modified: July 24, 2000

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