I'm a writer, a mother, a professor in an MFA program in creative writing, a lover of travel, art, theatre, music, and the adventure of the new. I travel for pleasure and as a speaker, often on my own. I am grateful for the chance to spend time in a city neighborhood, a small town, or near places of natural beauty, to walk and walk, and satisfy my curiosity about a new place or an old favorite destination. I'm easy going, quick to laugh, and appreciative - of a view, a cafe, a conversation, or a surprise around the corner. As a child of the Great Lakes,, I'm particularly delighted when there's water nearby.