Everything revolves in a circle. In Dallas, in the early years of the last century, my great grandfather was a successful buggy dealer. As the automobile made inroads into his business, his wife began to take in boarders. My grandfather, a single businessman, took one of the rooms, and that's how he met my grandmother.
Now our children are grown, and my husband and I are renting out our garage apartment and a new apartment, remodeled from our grown children's former bedrooms, in order to avoid downsizing so we can remain in the house and neighborhood we love.
I'm a middle school librarian, former high school English teacher, and Austin ISD's first Librarian of the Year. My husband is a soon-to-be retired Latin teacher and contractor.
We are also book people! I'm a regular contributor to the Austin American-Statesman. My essays have also appeared in the Texas Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Houston Post, The Texas Observer, and School Library Journal. We both write fiction on the side, and I've participated in writing workshops in Spoleto, Italy and also with Sandra Cisneros back in the late 80s.
Our house is within a short walk to Book People, an acclaimed, three-story, independent book store. We are also lap swimmers and are about a mile from the most beautiful, large municipal pool filled with fresh spring water, no chlorine: Deep Eddy Pool.
We also love to travel. We both love Italy, but I have to add India, where I've traveled through The Miracle Foundation, a neighborhood non-profit, which supports and upgrades orphanages there.
We have two wonderful rescue cats: Tony and Machka, recently acquired, and an older Jack Russell terrier, Sparky.
We are empty nesters looking for a way to stay in our neighborhood, which has increased in value. We purchased this home in 1999 for our children to grow up in, and we remodeled it while keeping it within its historic heritage. Our house is the William Green Hill House, built in 1890 and 1899, and is officially registered as a historic building.