I grew up in San Francisco during the 1940’s and 1950’s. I loved to draw, write stories, and the museums, and libraries were a walking distance or just a bus ride away. I had fun entering different contests for creative children and the prizes and recognition were just a bonus. As an adult, I have mostly lived in California’s Central Valley. There, I became a mother, teacher, grandmother, artist, and a writer with “lots of places to make new friends”.