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I'm proud to be one of the few people living today who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a Viking ship. (It was the Scandia, a half-sized Viking ship built in 1912, a replica of a buried full-sized one, the Gokstad,uncovered in 1880) It was manned by full-sized Vikings wearing battle regalia. 

 

 Some details of some of my other experiences:

 

— Born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois  (also the hometown of  Johnston McCulley, the writer who created  the character of Zorro  in 1919) 

 

— Now live in Contoocook, New Hampshire
 
— Earned a BA in English at Carleton College, and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico
 
— Served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America

 

— Taught middle and high school English

 

— Tutored refugees in ESL

 

— Wrote a play performed in Noh style  at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

— Wrote a play celebrating Lafayette's return in 1824, performed at Old Sturbridge Village, MA

 

— Write grant proposals for various arts and history non-profits

 

— Raised three children

 

— Grandmothering six grandsons

Here I am in "The Beggar's Opera" as Lucy Lockit, about to lose Macheath to the utterly undeserving soprano, Polly Peachum.

For a number of years, I was a singer/actress in amateur and professional companies. (As a mezzo, I usually lost the hero to the soprano.) I have been having fun putting all my old (somewhat rusty) skills to work with video blogs, audio recordings of songs from the stories, audio book recordings etc.