Joan Rust does not call herself a writer. She states that her journals and letters reflect observations of her daily life in a setting rich with beauty and challenges, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jo considers sharing family history with her children and grandchildren, through her stories, an ongoing and fulfilling trust. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazaoo, Michigan where she squeezed in one creative writing class among the business requirements. She wanted to be a cellist or a dancer. In her 80th year, it is a bit late for those dreams, but she has assembled a collection of scenes, events, people, creatures and emotions which do credit to that one fling with creative writing.