Ferne Shepard Strauss
Two Women ... Many
Growing up in depression days on a farm
in Arkansas without electricity gave me a sense of how to measure the
value of things. It refined and at the same time lengthened the list of
things one can live without. A Peace Corps stint in Malaysia added to
this list and gave me an appreciation of our privileged middle class
life in the United States.
I reared two sons on a ranch in South Texas, taught in high school for a
few years and then moved to teaching English at UTPA, Edinburg, Texas.
There I developed an interest in teaching English as a Second Language.
which was my job in Malaysia. Actually, I suspect I learned more than
the teachers I was training.
Returning to my job, I spent a few years trying to reach beyond the
television-induced obtuseness surrounding me.
At the earliest possible time, I retired and married a lovely man who
bought me food, shelter, and a computer. We live in Austin, Texas, and
are visited often by a growing group of grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Herein lie our values.
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