As an English teacher and adjunct professor, I have spent over 16 years teaching students to take risks, look closely at the smallest details, and determine the meaning found behind the images. Working both in Virginia and overseas in Hungary and the Czech Republic, I have enjoyed learning. My students and friends abroad taught me to love history as told through the human experience. I asked questions for them to practice speaking English and they regaled me bringing to life stories from their nation's history. Their enthusiasm and personal pride retelling events of old, helped me understand the strong passion and value of oral tradition and bringing the lives of the dead back into focus. I currently live and write in Northern Virginia with my husband, Prokop, our two rescue pets: Rupert and Bonnie Rose and a variety of miscellaneous poultry.