Mary Ann Slavcheff

I have lived in Michigan my entire life, most of it in the Upper Peninsula which gets some wicked weather. but I never got used to the winters. When I was in college, I used to walk a seawall on Lake Superior. Now I live in Royal Oak, which is near Detroit. We are a suburban community, but from the air, Royal Oak looks like a forest because there are so many trees.
My husband has a PH.D in history. I have walked battlefields with him, and I myself am a history buff.
I am a retired writing instructor working on my first three books, all at the same time. That's two novels and a non fiction book. I need to learn to do one thing at a time. I blog about how to learn faster and better.
I volunteer with a local rescue group that keeps cats at a pet supplies store until they are adopted; I go in three or four mornings a week, clean the cats' area, feed the cats and get them ready to meet the day's customers. I walk about a mile to the store in the mornings. This is an enjoyable walk in summer, but last winter I remember how cold it was and how difficult it was to get around some snowbanks. I leave the house at 6:10 a.m., and enjoy the phases of the moon on my walk. At home I have nine cats and one old beagle. All my pets are rescues. The oldest cat, Felina, is 19, and the youngest, Kira, turned one year old in September.