My life has taken many twists and turns to land me here at Warren Wilson College. As a young adult, I worked as a professional musician, a bicycle messenger, and a computer field technician on Wall Street in New York City. I then went back to college in Colorado to become a veterinarian, after which I was awarded a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Next, I taught for five years at the Veterinary school in Davis, California, while also earning my PhD in Applied Animal Behavior. It was this experience teaching first year veterinary students that clarified for me my love of teaching. I have been teaching at Warren Wilson College ever since (twenty years and counting). My PhD work was all about oral grooming by domestic cats. My current research interests include animal welfare, and Monarch butterfly conservation.