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A Few Things You Should Know About … Kay Horan of Neenah, Wis.
“One of the most exciting things that ever happened to me was when my now-husband Doug passed me in the halls of Methodist Hospital in Houston and said, ‘I like the way you speak.’ I had a bit of an accent from living in England from the ages of 12 to 22, so I was used to hearing that. When Doug said it, though, I did a double take and decided I needed to know that man better. Who knew I would still tell the tale 33 years and two sons later!
We moved to Neenah, Wis., from Little Rock, Ark., about 25 years ago. Doug is a dermatologist and I teach knitting.
“We always felt that our son James — 32 and married — would stretch the boundaries, and indeed he has! He absolutely loves his work as a wildland firefighter. Last year he worked the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., among others.
“Our other son, Jonathan, studied French cooking in London three years ago. He also worked in a restaurant in Mayfair at the same time to pay his own way in England.
He is now cooking in New Orleans and last year helped John Besh with his new PBS series, ‘Family Table.’ We are so happy these two young men have found their passions.
“One of my favorite books of all time is Beach Music by Pat Conroy. It’s about friends growing up and moving on in the ‘70s, and it’s so close to home for me.
“A newer passion for me is the work of Dr. Ben Carson, whose story is told in ‘Gifted Hands,’ one of my favorite films. Dr. Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and he and his wife, Candy, created a foundation to improve literacy in Title I schools, among other goals. Both Doug and I strongly support their vision.
“We also enjoy travelling — Doug for golf and me for my knitting. It sometimes seems that we are gone every month!
“We have two golden retrievers who take wonderful care of me. They are some of my best friends and love me no matter what! We are a truly blessed gang to have a roof over our heads, love in our hearts and a passion to spread the good fortune.”
Angele McQuade is the author of two books, including Investment Clubs for Dummies. You can find her online at angelemcquade.com.