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Overview

  • 2 references
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 64, Female
  • Member since 2020
  • No occupation listed
  • No education listed
  • From Papillion, NE, USA
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About Me

Brand new to Couch Surfing! I grew up on a ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills which has been in our family since 1909. I worked 33 years in public libraries and am now a self unemployed librarian who is a community lobbyist / activist in Citizen’s Climate Lobby and my local political party, and other causes worthy of my time. I am working Servas board member / volunteer with US Servas, nonprofit which promotes peace through open doors traveling and hosting with 100 other participating countries, and like Couch Surfing,, trying to make it through the pandemic. I and my husband are fully vaccinated and open to hosting vaccinated guests.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I have been a Servas host and traveler and board member and wanted to check out Couch surfing. Both organizations were trying to survive during the limited travel pandemic.

Interests

After George Floyd’s death I took some classes offerd through the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha. I helped a friend I met through the classes co-lead workshops on having productive dialogues around race. I’m on the US Servas and Great Plains Black History Museum boards and a member of the US Servas Board, Member Help and Events Teams. Having meaningful travel and cultural exchange experiences has been a highlight of my life and something I look forward to doing safely again. The best experiences have been through the nonprofits Servas and New Community Project. My friends consider me to be a good travel companion and I am honored by this.

  • books
  • civil rights
  • baking
  • blues
  • swimming
  • beaches
  • social justice
  • bicycling
  • peace
  • bluegrass
  • spanish language
  • pools
  • black history
  • shape note singing
  • sandhills

Music, Movies, and Books

My husband and I attend the Omaha Symphony and Lincoln Association For Traditional Arts concerts. Love, Blues, Bluegrass, most live and local music. I like documentaries especially pertaining to civil rights or about people. I love learning about my local history.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was listening to blues in Sweet Home Blue Chicago back in 2002 when invited to accompany Chicago blues legend, Willie Kent and his band to a
private party in Chicago where they were special guests. A once in a lifetime and very memorable occasion.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a little bit about a lot of things. I love Baking, trying new recipes and foods, Fact Checking, delving into local history. Sharing food and drinks and hosting pandemic porch visits and inside the home visits with a small circle of vaccinated friends. I spent a lot of time distanced hiking in our nearby Fontenelle Forest and started an account on iNaturalist to learn to identify plants and animals.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A guest bed room with bathroom. Day hosting at Local sites, Omaha Zoo, Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Kaneko, Bemis, Hot Shops, Boys Town, Malcolm X Memorial, Great Plains Black History Museum, Fontenelle Forest. We have a cat Snotz.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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