Where have you been? and what
have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good
Started OSU, dropped out,
worked, sailed competitively, met my husband one June and got married
that October. While he was teaching at Northern Kentucky, I finished
school in management and economics. We had a son, and now have a
Jim got a job with ABC Sports and we moved to New Jersey (major
culture shock). However, during our 40 years in New Jersey, we grew
to love this state, it isn't just the Turnpike and Jersey shore. It
also has rural, forested areas. The Appalachian Trail was on the
ridge across the Lake where we lived. For awhile the densest black bear
population in the country was around our area of West Milford, NJ.
One early morning, while gardening, I accidentally came
nose-to-snout with a black bear! My brain was telling me not to run
while my feet were trying to. Fortunately my collie herded that bear
like a giant sheep back into the woods (my collie got steak for
I became a CIA (certified internal auditor) and was Director of Audit
and Compliance at a large healthcare system (one of the best careers
no one ever heard about).
Our vacations usually involved hiking, which lead to some interesting
adventures. On one hike, a friend got injured (pre cell phones), To
get help, I had to hike about four miles over rocky trails before it
got dark. To keep focused and move quickly, I kept repeating a
cadence to a routine we learned in the Warriorettes ( . . . double to
the rear with a slight hesitation . . . ). I got help, and my friend
was rescued. Glad I paid attention to some things at Eastmoor.
I have been blessed to continue some very special friendships from
You’ve come a long way in 55
years. Where are you going in the next five years?
Jim passed away in April of
2020, during the first phase COVID. I am trying to figure out what's
next on this journey. I will stay in New Jersey, near my son,
daughter-in-law and granddaughter. I promised my son to stay off
ladders and not to hike alone. Technically, if I have my dog with me,
I am not hiking alone . . .