1st World Library

Ferne Shepard Strauss

Two Women ... Many Choices


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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