Where to, Johnny?

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I write for fun and sanity about what's happening in my life. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Southern Oregon in 1978.  I have been a registered nurse since 1973 and in 1996 became a Family Nurse Practitioner. I retired in November 2015 to allow for more time to travel with my husband, Jonathan, and to be with friends and family.
It's important to me to be an active part of my community-whatever community I happen to find myself in.
I'm forever in awe of creation, I love music and learning languages as a way of understanding people. I like to bike, hike, camp and do yoga. I'm a member of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, Oregon.
I admire the work of Thomas Merton. In one of his essays he says, "A tree gives glory to God by being a tree". He goes on to explain that we humans get to make a choice-give glory to God by being fully ourselves, or not. That's what I'm trying to do in my life.


Jonathan grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Southern Oregon in 1970. He served as a medic in the US Army and then became a registered nurse in 1968, He worked in cardiology for almost all of his career in Nursing, retiring in 2011. I couldn't find a picture of him where he wasn't either wearing a helmet or holding a beer. He loves to be on his bike, hates cold winters and loves the desert. He enjoys history and figuring out how things work. He's a "fabulous Mr Fixit" and built his own home in the Applegate Valley.
He is active in the Catholic Service Organization, the Knights of Columbus.
We met In 1979 at the local hospital where we both worked. Jonathan came "preloaded" with two children, Jason and Rhiannon. We married in 1982 and our daughter, Caitlin was born in 1983. We now live in Ashland and travel in a 27 foot Arctic Fox trailer.
We enjoy biking, hiking and hanging out with friends. This year Jonathan is fulfilling his "bucket list" wish to take a Civil War Road Trip (CWRT).
We traveled with our elderly cat, Woody, until his death in March 2017.