Hometown: Minneapolis-St. Paul
Family: Spouse is Chris Schumacher. A daughter Shaleah, 17, lives with us. Other children are grown and have moved elsewhere.
Pets: Two cats and one dog.
Hobbies and interests: Collecting guitars, teaching to play guitar, music and performing. I still have an autographed copy of "Folsom Prison Blues," performed and signed by the late Johnny Cash.
Occupation: I have been teaching guitar lessons for five years. Last October, I began teaching at 19 W. Main St., downtown Marshalltown. My partner, Dave Gray, and I sell or rent guitars from that address as well. Additionally, we perform at a variety of central Iowa venues. I also work part-time at Sedlacek's Wholesale Meat Co. in Melbourne.
What that means: My guitar lesson business keeps me active, and I am grateful for the word-of-mouth advertising from clients to others. I have students from Marshalltown and central Iowa. With Gray, we perform at area businesses, nursing homes and other locales. I cut and sell meat, among other tasks at Sedlacek's Co.
Best part of job: I love teaching students how to play guitar. I believe music can influence people and changed them for the better.
Book: I recently read "Waging Heavy Peace" by the multi-talented Neil Young. Some readers will remember him as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1969-70. He has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, performer, pre and post CSN&Y. Additionally, he has worked tirelessly for peace and justice. I liked the book because I felt Young, as author, was talking to me, and not at me. I also enjoy biographical and historical books.
Best part of living here: I have lived in Iowa for 10 years, having initially moved from Minnesota to Marshalltown for employment. Living in the Twin Cities can be hectic - especially driving. I could plan on a 45-minute drive from St. Paul to Minneapolis. Consequently, I like the slower pace central Iowa offers. Marshalltown is in easy driving distance form Melbourne, as are all the performance locales.
Local involvement: Guitar lessons, work at Sedlacek's Co., family and other commitments keep me busy. However, Gray and I have performed periodically to benefit area arts councils and nursing homes.
Advice on life: "Go with your gut," is my motto. Or, in other words, follow one's instincts. While advice from others can be valuable, it also may directly interfere with the best interests of the one receiving advice. I am speaking from experience. My gut has led me to several rewarding careers, including teaching guitar. Persistence is a quality I admire.