My Life in Brief

Born in New Albany, Indiana, I graduated from Hanover College as an English major. Six years later I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching social studies at Indiana University. I have taught English and social studies in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida at the high school level. I am married to Thomas Olshewsky, University of Kentucky emeritus professor of philosophy and currently Research Scholar at New College in Sarasota, FL. Between us we have seven children and four grandchildren.

My first published book was More Than An Average Guy, published by Daring Group in 1989. It is the biography of Larry Patton, born with cerebral palsy, and it covers his early years until he graduates from Wayne State University and begins working for IBM.  The book was reviewed by ALA and recommended for young adults.

To research and write The Snake Fence, we moved to Swarthmore, PA, for seven years. My research has taken me to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the Chester County (PA) Historical Society, the Northampton County (PA) historical and Genealogical Society, and the British Library in London. I volunteered for four years in the education program of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, learning open hearth cooking, spinning, candle making, and other skills of colonial life.  I have traveled the route of Noble’s journeys to Fort Cumberland, MD, and to Easton, PA.

I am available for school visits, wearing an authentic colonial costume and prepared to discuss issues raised in The Snake Fence, the colonial period, and historical research.


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