I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. Fortunately, my parents didn't make me choose between being a literature kid and a science kid, so I became both. I was also lucky to have teachers, family members, and librarians hand me books to devour. I majored in English at Rice University and earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. I've had a somewhat unusual array of jobs—from lawyer to swim coach to teacher. As an instructor, I've taught high school, junior high, college, and law school.
I am a determined optimist who loves adventures big and small, especially those taken with my husband and two sons. In my younger years, a "perfect day" meant time swimming and time curled up with a good book. Decades later, that's still a perfect day!
My favorite quotes
"This is true love -- you think this happens every day?"
The Princess Bride
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
"I do love nothing in the world so well as you -- is not that strange?"
Much Ado About Nothing
"Yet a greater, unlearned skill he possessed, which was the art of kindness."
Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea
"Know your own happiness."
Sense and Sensibility
"We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars."
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"It’s a fine world, though rich in hardships at times."
"What you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."
The Phantom Tollbooth
"The debt of friendship is never collected . . . . And nothing is ever owed."
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
The Fellowship of the Ring