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WORDSWORTH (Susan Jones) was born in Oregon and grew up there, at the end of a
canyon, in a beautiful, sequestered setting homesteaded by her Swedish bachelor
immigrant great uncle.

Frequent trips back and forth to Portland for piano and clarinet lessons rounded out a life
filled with school and school activities, family, and church.  Contests, recitals, youth
orchestra, summers at Aspen and Tanglewood – these punctuated her years at college,
where she earned her degree, with honors, in German.

Then came marriage, two children, and a musical career teaching and performing
professionally in Portland.  In 1980, a hopscotch odyssey eastward began (thanks to job
offers made to - and accepted by - her husband) – first to Minneapolis, then Indianapolis,
and finally Washington, DC.

It was in Indianapolis that Susan decided to earn a Masters Degree in Library and
Information Science; and much to her surprise, found herself working – not in a
public library as she had imagined – but in a corporate library setting.  And it was there
that fellow employees asked her to begin the word-of-the-week service that eventually
developed into

Perhaps it was her father’s relish in reciting his repertoire of favorite verse, such as The
Walrus and the Carpenter, The Deacon’s Masterpiece, The Antiseptic Baby and the
Prophylactic Pup, Casey at Bat, etc.  Or perhaps it was soaking in the words and melodies
of the Lutheran hymnal.  The love of words, verse, melody, rhythm, and performance
combined and clicked and gelled into

For several years,
WORDSWORTH divided her time between professional life in DC (still a
corporate librarian) and writing verse on an island off Maryland's Eastern Shore in the
Chesapeake Bay.

However, unplanned events prompted a move back all the way to the West Coast, and she
spent close to four years happily basking in the sunshine of Orange County (and Long
Beach), California.

Can you spell ricochet?  
WORDSWORTH (Susan) is now back on her Eastern Shore island
in the Chesapeake and continues to write verse and play her clarinet and piano.

              May I entertain you?
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