I’m a second career clergywoman. I have maintained my RN license to hopefully use in retirement. As I heard the story of Chaim Potok when he was a boy, I knew it was my own. Chaim’s mother repeatedly asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. She suggested, “Be a brain surgeon. You’ll save lots of lives and make lots of money!” Over and over she encouraged, challenged, and chided him. Finally the young Chaim turned to his mother and wisely said, “I don’t want to save lives, I want to teach people to live!” Indeed. As a nurse I worked in ICU and resuscitated many individuals. I loved the work. But as I journeyed often with the dying and their families, I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to prepare people to walk that path confidently and peacefully.
I love coffee, books, chocolate, my husband of thirty years (!) who is my soul-mate and colleague in ministry, our three adult daughters and two sons-in-law, my brother, photography, learning, sharing what I’ve learned, riding motorcycles, canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, and laying on the beach in the warm sun. I have been richly blessed throughout my lifetime with wonderful friends for the journey, and am delighted to count my family among them. I understand the fragility of life and the closeness of death, so I work hard and play hard. Life is good and I am grateful.