"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

- Henry Brooks Adams, 1838 - 1918

"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
-Thomas Carruthers

About MJS

Mary Jo ScheiblAs biographical information goes, I don't have much to say though my husband would likely disagree.

I'm a Wisconsin-bred woman who's lived here all my life. I love so many things about this state: the seasons, the varied landscapes, the small lakes, our great lake--Lake Michigan. I love the people, the big cities, the small rural towns, the well-maintained highway system, the ease in finding new places. I appreciate the excellent educational system, one which taught me well and then employed me for many years to teach younger generations. I love the fact that Wisconsin is cosmopolitan enough to have food choices from sushi to pizza, from bratwurst and beer to high tea, Danish kringle to baklava, and everything in between. I love the fact that Wisconsin has undergone much change in my lifetime–some of it superb, some less so. I love Wisconsin because many in its population rarely move far away and thus friendships can last lifetimes. I'm always amazed to learn this is not always the case for others.

All these elements and so much more have formed the essence of who I am, what I've done in my life, and now the stories I write.

I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother. I am a retired professional career woman, a traveler who loves to come home, a woman pursuing a new career in writing. I am a good friend to those who have entered my friendship circle, and I appreciate each and every one of you for all I've received as gifts from you.

I have buried a parent, two siblings, a son, two dear friends, and a few of my wise women. I recently cared for my mother in her last few weeks of life.  She died as she wanted, at home, surrounded by her family.  The whole experience was very moving for me and my siblings. We work now at forging a new page in family history-one where the elders are now us.

All these elements and more have shaped me into who I am. All these components find their way into what I write. Each book I write will emerge from what I've experienced, what I've observed, what I've learned from others willing to share.

"Listen to life, it is the wisest teacher of all." Samuel Gilmore

Mary Jo