Growing up on a dairy farm in rural NC provided many fond childhood memories. It is there that I became a rabid University of North Carolina Tarheel! Tarheel basketball is a passion. Currently, I in the process of retiring from my latest career as a college professor in the field of early intervention/early childhood special education at Portland State University. My favorite activities are sharing time (of which there is never enough) with friends, reading, hiking, watching British drama and mysteries, and traveling (planning as well as doing). I have traveled in all 50 states, but NC is still my favorite. My husband and I have three daughters and six grandchildren.