Having a moment with a veggie egg sandwich. Dahlia Bakery, Seattle, 2012.

• Pieces of me: curious foodie…zealous teacher…voracious reader

• Bare necessities: fresh mountain air, vast landscapes, nostalgia, soul-stirring vocals, lines of prose

• Elements of happiness: cloudy skies, chilly temps, purring felines, autumn colors, Saturday football, bear hugs

• Give me coffee and I will be your friend; give me cake and I’ll love you forever

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”     ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald