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The house my dad and mom built in 1951, and where I grew up in Methuen, Massachusetts. I shared the upstairs bedroom with one of my sisters. This photo is from 2016.
Image: House my Dad and Mom Built
Below: In 1952 in the kitchen of the house my dad and mom built. That's baby me on my mom's lap.
Image: Inside the house my dad built in 1952
The House in the 1970s.
1970s house my dad built and where I grew up


I lived at this place for about 10 months from late 1976 till mid 1977. Something like that. This is where I met my husband Bert at a Halloween party in 1976. It was the Academy for the Science of Creative Intelligence in Livingston Manor, NY. A sort of a retreat center for people who were involved in Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Picture below is a postcard.
Image: Science of Creative Intelligence building from postcard
And that's me below at the front entry way.
Image: Young woman at Science of Creative Intelligence building, a Transcenendental Meditation Retreat Center from the 1970s
And this is another view of the building. I was a maid there. I tried to get into the office but they only wanted "Governerors of the Age of Enlightenment" in those positions. Photos above and below by Bert.
Image:  Science of Creative Intelligence building, a Transcenendental Meditation Retreat Center from the 1970s

My hubby Bert and I lived in this building in Andover, Massachusetts in 1977-1978, around the time we got married. It is in Andover at the corner of North Main Street (Route 28) and Poor Street, also called Shawsheen Square. It was called a town house. Beautiful architecture. We lived in one room and shared a bathroom with others. We entered the building through a doorway to the left in this picture. Photo by me taken late 1977 or early 1978. The building is still there in 2016. It now houses Kiley Law Group and other businesses. You can search for them on Google Earth or maps to see what the area looks like now.
Image: Building in Andover Massachusetts in 1977

1978 May to June - Bert and I drove this van across the country in and slept in - From Massachusetts to California. Then in 1979 to 1980 we drove it from California to Missouri and then back to California. Check out those pants!
We bought this van in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Image: Red van and two people
Image: Red Van from 1977
1978 Spring - Here's that red van again at Mount Rose in Nevada during our trip across the country and there's Bert too!
Image: Red van from 1977 at Mount Rose in California


Where Bert and I lived for a couple of weeks during 1978, shortly after we got married. This is the house at 190 41st Avenue in San Mateo, California where Bert grew up, owned by his parents. This photo was taken in the 1950s.
Image: 190 41st Avenue, San Mateo

1978-1979 The Saint Louis Capitals Project near Ste. Genevieve Missouri. This was another Transcendental Meditation (TM) retreat center. We wanted to help bring about world peace!
Image: Buildings on farmland in Missouri
Me in the middle with some friends in front of the St. Louis Capitals Project in Missouri.
Image: Young Women in front of the St. Louis Capital's project

More places I lived where I have no photos:
1973 or 1974 - I stayed with one of my sisters in Andover, Massachusetts for maybe 2 months.
1978 Summer - Stanford University for at least 2 months as staff at a TM retreat center. They rented part of the place for a while.
1978 Summer - Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, off season, for at least 2 months as staff at a TM retreat center.
1978 or 1979 - Stayed for a few weeks at a friend's house in San Jose, CA.
1979 or 1980 - We stayed at my husband's sister's place in Nevada for maybe a couple of months.
1981 for a month or two or so - stayed at the Fairfield Hotel when Erica was a baby. We attended "The Domes" during this time.

1980-1981 St. Patrick's in California. This is a place in Los Altos Hills in California where we lived from some time in 1979 or 1980 till sometime in 1981. We lived here when Erica was born. Erica was born in Menlo Park at a birthing center in 1981. This is St. Patrick's Seminary. The TM group rented part of it as a retreat center.
Image: Seminary Building, Saint Patrick's in california

1981 - This is a van we bought at the Sausalito Fair and traveled around northern California in for a while. Yes, we were non-conformists. We still are! That's me pregnant with our daughter Erica.
Image: Pregnant woman from 1981 in front of van
Another view of the vam and me. I was 30 years old!
Image: Pregnant woman in front of old van in 1981


1981 - Inside our apartment in Palo Alto, CA. And there's Erica as a baby! It looks like this was Christmas.
Image: Baby inside apartment during Christmas


1981-1982 - This is the van we traveled from California to Fairfield, Iowa in. We saw it in the newspaper and bought it from someone in Palo Alto or Mountain View, California. We had baby Erica with us when we drove it to Fairfield. We stayed with a friend when we got to Fairfield and then stayed at the Fairfield hotel, then rented the pink house in another picture in this album.
Image: Old van

In 1982 for at least 2 months we stayed at the Fairfield Hotel in Fairfield Iowa. That's baby Erica (standing by the chair) and a friend. It's blurry, I know. That's all I have. I'm sure the Fairfield Hotel got torn down many years ago. That was our stop-gap until we rented the pink house on Kirkwood, also pictured in this photo album. — in Fairfield, Iowa.
Image: Two babies inside playing on a foam mattress

1981 or 1982. House we lived in on Kirkwood Avenue in Fairfield, Iowa. That's me on the steps and little Erica standing on the sidewalk. Image: Little pink house

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