Hello Everyone, I live about an hour north of LA in the high desert. I grew up in coastal North Carolina and lived in Florida and the US Virgin Islands. I got a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. I worked a few years, then set off with friends for the Caribbean, where I worked and lived for several years. When I returned to the states, I worked in the lab at UCLA, then managed the chemistry section of what is now Quest, then married and settled down to have a family. I had a daughter and son and after they grew a bit, I went into teaching.