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About meI am a book reader, cook, gardener, traveler, history professor, mother of two grown sons and 7 grandchildren, whom I adore. I want to down-size most things in my life because to maintain them anymore is exhausting. I taught American History 1877-modern day, World History 1700-modern day to high schoolers for 20 years. I am also an adjunct professor at a local university where I teach Western Civilization and the Holocaust, a course for which I wrote the curriculum. I have earned a B.S. in Social Studies Education from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in Social Sciences with an emphasis on modern history from Ohio University. and a Ph.D. (ABD) in modern history from American University.

I have yearly tickets to the ballet and also play tenor sax in a community band. I used to play in the bell choir at church (b and b-), until the director fell ill. We haven't got another yet, but I'm anticipating!

I LOATHE negative people and negativity. I have come to believe that a negative person wishes to be that way and they want everyone else to be as miserable as they are. I avoid them like the plague.

I love to decorate, especially during the holidays. I have collected nativity scenes for about 40 years and display them all.

About my libraryMy library is very eclectic leaning heavily towards history and historical fiction. I read a lot of classics and especially like Hardy, the Brontes, and my favorite author, George Eliot.

I am a hopeless bibliophile for which there is no cure. I have accepted my disease and so have those close to me.

I have finally come to terms with my ereader and my real books. The ereader was necessary in my down-sizing scheme. I am at peace.

Every year I read Evangeline, the greatest love story ever written.

Groups2022 BIG FAT BOOK CHALLENGE, 2022 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2022, Birds, Birding & Books, Book Recommendations Requests, Classical Music, Cookbookers, Geeks who love the Classics, History Fans, Readers Over Sixtyshow all groups

Favorite authorsCharlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Pearl S. Buck, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Eliot, Diana Gabaldon, Margaret George, John Hagee, Stephen King, D. Lawrence-Young, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Colleen McCullough, James A. Michener, Tim O'Brien, Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard, George Orwell, Boris Pasternak, Gerald L. Posner, Laura Rahme, Lisa See, John Steinbeck, Jacqueline Susann, Lalita Tademy, Michael Wallace, Laura Ingalls Wilder, M. K. Wren (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsTop Five Books of 2013, Top Five Books of 2021

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Real nameTess

LocationOhio- on 5 acres of heaven

Account typepublic

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Member sinceDec 17, 2010

Currently readingGone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 1) by Lindsey Davis
The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper

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