After a long career in architecture, I went back to school to become a jeweler, and finished my education just before my 60th birthday. My background is varied: I was born in Providence, RI, went to high school in west Texas and moved to Austin for college in 1976. I've lived in St. Thomas, USVI; Mexico City; Boston and Salem, MA and traveled around the world. In my architecture career I have worked mostly on historic preservation projects, residential renovations and a variety of commercial and institutional jobs. I have a wonderful family of a husband, two adult daughters and two unruly dogs. My hobbies include buying and using gemstones. My zodiac sign is Cancer. I've lived in the same house for two decades. I own more dishes than anyone would ever need.