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About Me

The Woodlake Tiger is not my husband, Vince, by the way.

Welcome to my blog. Thanks for visiting.

 Hi, my name is Marsha Ingrao. 

My husband, Vince, our dog, Kalev, AKA Puppy Girls, and cat, Moji, and his sister have lived in Prescott, Arizona since 2020. We love it here.


My friends are my family because my family is so tiny.

I have a younger brother in Portland, OR. Like me, Randy and his wife have no children. Our parents, both only children, and their parents and grandparents have passed.

Marriage suits me. I’ve had two husbands, both for over twenty years. Mark Alvord passed away at age 47 from a rare genetic disease.ย  His tiny family is all gone now. Then I married Vince and inherited another small, but not tiny family. Our generation lives on as does the next.

Jobs and Career

I reached my career goals late like Leo the Late Bloomer. I tried lots of other jobs before I finally started teaching.

  • babysitter
  • paper girl
  • dietary worker at Portland Adventist Hospital.
  • dental assistant
  • shipping & receiving clerk – dental supply house
  • real estate sales
  • door to door magazine sales
  • teacher’s aide
  • k-teacher private school
  • proofreader and a paste-up person at a printing company
  • secretary
  • office manager
  • teacher
  • administrator/ consultant

It takes forever to get your education when you wait! I finally reached the goal. I loved teaching. I loved kids and I loved teachers. I loved the process.


George Washington set the example. He stepped aside after he served as President for two terms. Good thinking! I retired before anyone had a chance to say out loud to me that I was too old for my job.

Joy and Justin to my left filled my shoes and carry on the work of promoting history-social studies education K-12.

Never regret your decisions! The history-social studies program flourished far beyond my vision for it. My friend, Joy took my job, then moved on and up the ladder. Now Justin, a new teacher when I started, a dear friend, serves in my old position as the Tulare County History Consultant. They advanced education further than I could have imagined.

Beyond Retirement

Woodlake Rose GArden
Kiwanis maintains the Woodlake Rose Garden
  • blog
  • served history-social studies teachers through California and San Joaquin Valley Councils for the Social Studies
  • travel
  • gardened in CA
  • served the Woodlake, CA community through Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce, and Foothill Bible Church
  • wrote a photo history book of Woodlake – Images of America Woodlake.
  • moved to Prescott
  • still blog, still attend church

Major Hurdles

  • stage 1 breast cancer in 2019
  • torn meniscus, deep vein thrombosis & pulmonary embolisms & pneumonia in 2021-2022

Yet, I live on to serve. How can I help you?


I had several testimonials, probably spam. Does a hobby blogger need testimonials? I don’t think so.

Joel was one of the brightest spots in my day. He fell out of his chair laughing when I read a funny chapter in Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

Now it’s your turn.

Introduce yourself and share your About Page link with me.

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  1. Hi, Marsha, I love your page and your blog. What a great story you tell, and I appreciate your thoughts on why you retired when you did. For me, it was essentially the same. Better to leave with everyone still smiling ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Marsha, a wonderful about page and I feel I know you so well from your introduction here! Wow! You have covered so much and I was drawn into your life from the very start. What shines through is your love of life, your positive energy and your friendly nature. You have great insight into yourself, your lives and all those around you. I look forward to reading your posts and becoming a little part of your world in the great community on WP. Wishing you all well. xx

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    • Wow, I’m honored by your words. I look forward to getting better acquainted with you as well. I was impressed with what you said to Natalie, and it was no surprise that your blog reflected the person making those comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for playing a part in Natalie’s interview tomorrow. I think the quotes from her followers adds so much!

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  3. I can’t believe I’ve never read this before! I feel as if I’ve known you forever, but at a distance, if you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m stopping by today primarily to let you know I got your email and to apologise for my tardiness. I will reply in the next day or two but I did want to give some thought to your questions and I do seem to’ve been pretty busy lately. A poor organiser- I think you can definitely say that. Or easily distracted ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, you come across as a lovely person, Marsha, and I’ll be in touch soon.

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    • Thank you so much, Jo, I know exactly what you mean. When I post an interview, I get much better acquainted because I spend time on someone’s blog. It’s a lovely time. I also spend more time reading comments. Yes, it takes time, but I have more of that now, and in spite of leaving my friends, I’m never lonely because I have virtual friends world-wide. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll look forward to publishing your interview – no rush. I’m not on a schedule since I ask people to participate as I go along. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day, Jo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Khai. Thank you for sending me this wonderful article. It took a long time to read, and I know I missed some of it, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and lovely.

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  4. Dear Marsha Ingrao,

    Hello! I shall respond to your long and excellent comment at my post entitled “๐Ÿ’ฌ Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: ๐Ÿง  Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity ๐Ÿฆ ” at with a bespoke reply as soon as I can, as I still have a number of errands to attend to.

    Meanwhile, there are plenty of posts and pages on my website to whet your appetite. Please feel free to savour their high degrees of interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity stylishly presented to your heart’s content.

    I would like to wish you and Vince as well as your dog and five cats a wonderful festive season. May you find the rest of 2020 and the New Year very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, thinking and blogging!

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  5. Hi Marsha,

    It is good to call you friend – and also to read your words. You have talent at putting nouns with verbs, and a personality that shines on your pages. I look forward to more!

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  6. Hi Marsha
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I enjoyed reading your bio and how you have taken on the challenges that life has brought you.
    I’m very glad Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch “introduced” you to us Ranchers at her site! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    All the best for the days ahead.

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  7. Nice to meet you, Marsha. I am meeting you via Terri’s blog. You have a interesting, beautiful blog and I have subscribed to it. I look forward to reading more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Erica

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    • Hi Erika, Thanks for the compliment and for visiting via Terri. She’s been a good blogging friend for several years now. She does such a great service for the blogging community. I’ve used several of her free photos in my posts. She is such a great photographer and very generous. Thanks again for stopping by. I look forward to getting better acquainted. ๐Ÿ™‚ Marsha

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  8. So great to meet you Marsha. Glad you dropped by my blog so that I could find you here. I look forward to exploring more of your blog, which looks absolutely wonderful by the way. Seems we have a lot in common. Cheers!

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  9. Hi Marsha, I’ve just discovered your blog and I anticipate spending lots of time here. You’re answering the questions I’ve been asking myself…..and some I didn’t even know how to ask. Thank you!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, Marsha and welcome aboard PSB. Hope you’ll enjoy your trips here.

    Will be checking on your blog for more stories! ๐Ÿ™‚


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