Inspiration behind "The Ronda View"
Louise Walkup is a retired instructor from Three Rivers Community College in Norwich Connecticut where she taught a variety of humanities courses for over 30 years. She earned a Master’s degree in philosophical theology from Holy Apostles College in 1994 and a M.A. degree in English from Central Michigan University in 1975. She is a proud mother of three grown children.
Maria Smith emigrated from Basilicata, Italy with her family as a child. She is bilingual and loves literature and poetry in both English and Italian. Maria and her husband Michael have four wonderful children. After 20 years of homeschooling she will retire in 2019. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Holy Apostles in Cromwell.
P. D. “Dave” Basconi, author of Nonsense to Horse-Sense: How Horses Tell the Truth about Ourselves and How to Live (En Route Books and Media, 2018), grew up in rural, coal-mining West Virginia with his two brothers; all worked in their parents’ hardware store. Upon graduation with an engineering degree, he headed off to Connecticut, was soon married and raised two sons. Dave still lives in Connecticut with his wife, three cats, and four horses.
Brenda Peter is the wife of a physician and mother of 6 children, whom she homeschooled for 10 years. She’s an avid reader and shares the books she loves with several groups she has started, including an Ignatian prayer group and a Catholic women’s group, Healing the Heart, which has been meeting monthly for the past 5 years. She’s a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate’s Marian Cenacle.