“I am a retired nurse of 35 years and a retired photographer of 25 years. When I was nine-years-old, my dream was to be a nurse, photographer, and model and live in Washington D.C. I did all of those. When I was young, my shape was out of sight, then I hit 50. My sister and I are a year apart. She is quiet and shy and I am loud and outgoing. I don’t have a friendship with my oldest son. It has been four years since we spoke. I don’t know why he is mad or what I did, but he won’t speak so now I won’t speak. We are both stubborn like that.
I dreamed of doing all of these things when I was nine years old
I love people and entertaining them. I have worked at the Newseum since it opened 11 years ago. It is closing in December and that breaks my heart. I hope it finds a new home. When I turned 60, I was in the Ms. Senior DC pageant just to strut on the stage. I sang Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and that was amazing to be Tina for a moment. They got me to do it again at the Cherry Blossom Festival. I once saved one of those trees. I was riding a bike and saw a cherry blossom tree on fire. I stopped my bike, grabbed a rag from the side of the road, dipped it in the water and put out the fire before the fire department got there.”