I was born and grew up in Oklahoma in the 1940s and 50s, went to college in Missouri and Massachusetts, then lived in the Bay Area, Seattle, Anchorage, Seattle and finally landed in Portland. My first love was veterinary medicine but, alas, in “those days,” tickets to vet school were rarely awarded to non-male applicants. After college I married, had two sons, divorced, re-partnered and, in the early 1980s, co-founded a video productions company, called Educational Productions, Inc.
I spent the next 25+ years running EP, where we produced and distributed documentary style video series that were used to train early childhood educators, clinicians, child care staff, and parents how to nurture the development of young children. EP’s videos won a lot of awards, including a special one from the American Medical Association for a 4-part series, called First Steps. The videos are still in wide use in colleges and universities, Head Start programs, speech/language pathology clinics and child care centers, throughout the U.S. and Canada. We sold Educational Productions in 2008.
Fast forward a few years. I tried, and flunked, retirement, and wound up starting Thumbs Up Video Productions in 2012 and SoundsRight Transcription in 2014. In addition to working for clients, I’m producing a documentary that I plan to finish by September 2016. My other interests include volunteering with the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), spending time at my log cabin near the Oregon coast, recreational tree climbing (with ropes, not freehand), kayaking, and training Mateo, my yellow Lab.