Jeannine is a native Californian who has traveled enough in the Far East, Europe, and the U.S. over the last thirty years – in the third world as well as cosmopolitan centers - to know that Fresno is a comparatively decent place to live, undeserving of the many Fresno jokes it receives. Not to say it doesn’t have a unique character that helps it stand apart from other California metropolises, sometimes for the wrong reasons.
Life experiences build on each other. A forty year career in higher education culminating with a decade at the greatest university in the world, UC Berkeley (condolences to the Cardinal enclave down the road), honed skills now needed for the next 40 years. In 2017 she left academe to begin researching and writing non-fiction histories (an oxymoron?) of Fresno. The Wilson Island project had been lingering in her files for about twenty years like a butterfly peering through its chrysalis waiting for just the right moment to emerge.
When she is not buried in archives or writing stories, she is in one of her other spaces for creative expression, her garden or her beading. She is a certified University of California Master Gardener who likes to experiment, design, and work with nature in the many micro-climates of the half acre she tends. And when the heat is too extreme to be outside she may be working on the latest seed bead creation, or visiting friends.