In 1976, she took her first trip to Poland to meet relatives and explore her parents’ home towns. On the cusp of the Solidarity Movement, her travel was restricted by the Communists and the trip became a significant life experience. Later, she graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and went on to work on water and wastewater compliance at coal and nuclear power plants.
As a full time mother at home, she joined the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, was a school volunteer and began writing. The author returned to work as a consultant for a large engineering company and then, as an owner of her own company, she worked on hazardous waste clean-up projects, permitting, and wastewater treatment.
She is a graduate from the University of Chicago’s CertificateWriting Program and has participated in many writing workshops and conferences.
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