“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” – Linda Wooten 1944, the year my life was forever changed. Jim was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station, the nation’s largest naval base. My memory of Great Lakes is of the endless cold, […]

“California, where the American Dream came too true.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti After WWII, an exodus of people flocked to California, and my husband and I decided to join them. For twenty years either scholarships, promotions, or something else would keep us from arriving however. After several months of setting up our affairs, selling our home, […]

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur When going on any trip the questions that always cross a person’s mind are “What to wear?”, and “What to pack?” These are the questions I had to answer several times as I prepared for my trips to many different parts of the word; I.e. Japan, China, […]

“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.”  – Katharine Hepburn As far as I knew in the 1950’s, I was the only woman working in what once was the men’s world of finance. Even the idea of a man […]

Frugal: adjective; meaning economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful. I was born in 1923, and just shy of my double-digit years by the time the Great Depression came to a head. Though my childhood was financially restrained, it still remained pleasant. My father worked three jobs – mining, mowing the […]