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Family First


“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” —George Santayana

Family IS everything! Today’s episode of Express Yourself! with hosts Joven Hundal and Katie Choo brings the importance of family to the forefront. They first read the chapter by former EY host Asya Gonzalez from Cynthia Brian’s forthcoming book, Be the Star You Are!-Millennials to Boomers Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World then interview the energetic award winning author of several books, Dorothea Jensen. Her newest book is A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, and “buss” means a kiss from the historical figure Lafayette. Her first historical novel for kids, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, is still being used in classrooms around the U.S. Dorothea regales listeners with fascinating stories of her life as a writer of fun family historical fiction. In the final segment Joven and Katie read a heart-wrenching story published by radio host Brigitte Jia about parents stratospheric expectations of their children and how children attempt to live up to them. A beautiful homage to parenting, family, and history that you won’t want to miss.

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Bio: Dorothea Jensen was born in Boston, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. (This is the same little town where Johnston McCulley, the writer who created Zorro, grew up many years earlier.) She majored in English Literature at Carleton College and earned a master's degree in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization. She performed light opera for a number of years in Philadelphia (Gilbert & Sullivan Players) and in Minneapolis (Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company. A mezzo and/or contralto, she usually lost the hero to the soprano.

She and her husband have three grown children and six grandsons.


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