A lifelong resident of the Midwestern US, I predate the “rust belt” era and continue to believe that this part of the world has much to offer. I spent my childhood in Indiana and Michigan and settled in east central Illinois about 40 years ago.
My late husband and I reared our three children in Mahomet, Illinois, a beautiful spot along the Sangamon River. While there, I founded and, for ten years, operated the weekly newspaper, The Mahomet Citizen, which is still published today.
It was after I retired from the newspaper business that I discovered Trager Bodywork—a godsend—and, about ten years later, Brennan Healing Science. I first pursued these modalities for personal restoration and healing, but in the process, discovered my own healership.
I’ve had a bodywork and healing practice in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for 20 years. After such a long time, this urban forest, set in what seems an endless sea of corn and soybeans, has become home.
My four grandchildren live close by. What’s good about this? At a moment’s notice we can set off on an adventure. Camping and hiking are among our favorite things to do together.
I like to spend time in nature. It is one of the ways I recover myself. Recently, I took “Communicating Nature”, a course of instruction in nature drawing, painting, photography and journaling. It seemed a nice fit, going back to my years in journalism.
By taking the class I became a member of the Rivers Corps of Discovery, a group who have agreed to document the rivers of east central Illinois using these newfound or newly refurbished skills. That fits, too, as I become more and more interested in conservation and restoration of natural areas and the securing of an adequate supply of clean water for the world.
It’s important work and a lot of fun as well. That is my edge. Can I let myself have this much fun?