I was raised in Bellingham, WA, and after completing a B.A. in Geography from Western Washington University, I spent 14 years in Tucson, Arizona. I began studying Gaelic in 1993 when I took Muriel Fisher's Gaelic class at Pima Community College. Muriel is a native speaker from the Isle of Skye. I saw the listing for her Continuing Education class in the local community college bulletin, and as I have much Scottish and Irish ancestry, I thought it would be an interesting and fun class to take.
Following the Pima class, I took private lessons with Muriel, and eventually seven semesters of Gaelic at the University of Arizona's, Critical Languages Program. In addition, I took seven weeks of short courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic medium college on the Isle of Skye. I completed An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, and An Cùrsa Adhartais, also from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. I have been to Scotland many times – sometimes for the language and others for tours.
From upper left to lower right: Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Driving into Scotland; Receiving the Alexander MacRae Memorial Award for contribution to Gaelic Culture from Slighe nan Gaidheal; My favorite Cullin - Marsco, Isle of Skye, Scotland.