Visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venezia.
Visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venezia.

Originally from Colorado, this mountain girl has lived in Los Angeles, CA; Yigo, Guam; Fontanafredda, Italy; Tuscon, AZ; and currently calls Newmarket,  U.K. “home.” For now.

I love history, and I love construction. This has led me to a variety of interesting occupations, including (but not limited to) general carpenter, volunteer manager, theatre shop foreman, architectural historian, and college instructor.  I currently divide my time doing communications for history museums and working on preservation curricula.  I have a BAS in Construction Management, an MA in Historic Preservation, and quite a few other certifications I have picked up along the way.  Never stop learning!

My spouse, our twins, and our two hounds lovingly tolerate my pontifications on cultural memory, my fascination with Formica and chrome furnishings, the uses of mortise and tenon joints, plus my obsession with social justice.

A few fun facts:

As a child, I once filled an entire pad of graph paper with designs for Victorian houses.

My favorite graduation gift was a backhoe desk lamp from my father.

I knew my future spouse was the one when our first date was to Ely Cathedral in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. He patiently followed me around the 11th-century cathedral while I took pictures of beams and seams and other things that our fellow tourists had much less interest in. We were engaged five months later.

I ate Ramen for an entire month when I moved into my first apartment because I spent the last of my money on an antique secretary’s desk.

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