New Hampshire, and I have
lived in Seattle since 1974.
What was you most interesting job?
Owning the Puzzle Shop in Pioneer
Square. I sold fun ... puzzles,
games and brain teasers.
What event in your life do you
continue to go back to?
There are two. First, I have been
a recovering alcoholic since 1984.
Recovery changed my outlook and
philosophy of life. I try to be an optimist and focus on what is good.
Secondly, I was diagnosed with MS in
1993. I was so grateful for the years of
sobriety because it gave me the coping
skills I have needed to live with MS. I am
often quite fatigued. I zealously guard
my time from 3–5 pm every day for a nap
in order to manage my strength. I look
for people with similar experiences with
whom I can share strength and hope.
What makes Northaven
home for you?
The people who live here. I love giving
tours to potential new residents because
I can let them see how wonderful
people are here. There is a vibe here
that people sense as soon as they walk
in the door. I lived alone for 25 years before coming here and isolated myself,
so it is wonderful to come to the dining
room and have people to eat with.
Do you always dress so well?
I love color and putting things together.
People joke that I am not dressed
when I come out without earrings.