I grew up singing along to John Denver, and I fell for Colorado on research trips to Boulder that my Penn State professor father brought us along for. My brothers loved it, too: they came to Colorado to finish college, and both stayed and started families with women who made the same move. An English major bound for academic teaching, I met my husband in graduate school at UT Austin. After we bailed on our PhDs at Penn State, I leveraged my experience writing for its Navy R&D lab to break into the startup scene in Austin, which had ample computer jobs and the sunshine I craved. Since 1991, I’ve been a technical writer who creates software documentation, mostly in startup shops (my nerdvana).
While our only child was growing up, I was heads-down handling work, family, suburban house, and endless cats and dogs. Semi-remote work proved a lifestyle godsend, but it meant battling isolation. Now that our son’s off to college in New York and I’m newly divorced, I’m focused on cultivating intentional community, centered on my spiritual interests (Buddhism, UU, meditation) and volunteering (literacy tutoring, ESL, mentoring). I’m applying Marie Kondo techniques to my life’s hoard, with the joyful goal of the downsizing being the freedom to move — first in-town (to a friendly condo near my groups) and next to our Ralston Creek Gatehouse, in real cohousing. The Gatehouse has special significance for me because my brother’s family lives just down the sidewalk, in the Geos neighborhood. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to merge family and community with my values, in eco-smart, planet-gentle housing! with goats!