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Industry Arts
Occupation Children's Writer
Location El Cerrito, California, United States
Introduction The Turnabout Shop is located in El Cerrito, California, at 10052 San Pablo Avenue—our telephone number is 510-525-7844. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to four. The shop has a very interesting background and I plan to devote one of my upcoming blogs to that history. I was born in Minnesota in 1933, moved to Wisconsin with my family in my twenties, collected a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education, left for California for a teaching job and met my husband. We have been married for 47 years and have two sons and two grandsons, age six and a half and almost three. I love thrift stores. Where else could you find a grotesque Paper Mache mask with weird decorations? Weird can be wonderful! This one nearly caused a divorce: "Either that goes or you go!" We have a dog—an Akita mix called Plato—named for the philosopher. He is a very bright dog. I still have family in Wisconsin and the memories of a wonderful brother who I'm grieving. Take some time out of your busy day and come visit me.
Interests Writing books--especially for children, working with my fabulous fellow writers on the 4Corners Critique Group, reading, traveling, walking in the woods, enjoying our three year old grandson, and watching our dog Plato when he's trying to make me believe he hasn't eaten in all of two minutes!
Favorite Movies On The Waterfront, To Kill A Mockingbird, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Wizard of Oz, Some Like It Hot, Witness, Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jane Eyre, Raise the Red Lantern, Annie Hall, Dr. Strangelove, The African Queen.
Favorite Music Anything by Bob Seger! Where are you Bob? Anything by Mozart and Beethoven, Spartacus by Khachaturian--always makes me cry. Give me time, I'll think of more.
Favorite Books Moby Dick, The House of the Seven Gables, The Uninvited, anything by Agatha Christie, any Sherlock Holmes mystery. Short stories count: Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". Fabulous!

Do you regret leaving the Midwest for California? No I don't. I love California, but I do miss the smell of burning leaves in the Fall, the memories of walking to school in the Winter, the cold, crisp gray mornings, hearing the call of the Dove as I walked. Magical!