Approved as a member of The Mayflower Society, my direct lineage was proven to William Brewster through my maternal line. I was born in Damariscotta, Maine, USA, eldest child of Perlie Edgar Jr. & Marie (Rich) Lane. In 1968 I left coastal Pemaquid, a small Maine fishing village, to attend Wilmington College (Ohio), returning to Maine to teach preschool in 1972. In 1975 I built a cabin in the coastal woods of Orland, Maine, which in 1977 expanded into Hardscrabble Hill Residential Retreat Center and operated summers for 10 yrs, 1977 to 1987. Inspired by poetry writing, I earned my Master of Fine Arts at Sarah Lawrence College 1980-82. In 1982, I moved to San Francisco to assist Joanna Macy in writing of Despair & Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (1983). As builder & then amateur designer, I attended University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture where I earned my MArch and PhD in 1989 & 2006, respectively. As architect with a specialty in the field of sustainability, I designed residences, schools, research facilities, and institutional/governmental buildings. Now retired from County government, I have returned to poetry, authoring three poetry collections: Chouteau's Chalk (University of Georgia Press, 2019); Tiller North (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016), and Roots and Reckonings (Granite Press East, 1980). I am currently bicoastal, living both in coastal Maine & the San Francisco Bay Area.
Genealogical research, my new found passion, is thrilling. I especially appreciate the one-ancestor/one-profile WikiTree approach, the commitment to substantiating ancestral connections with reliable sources, and collaborating with others in working on one human-family tree.
Growing up in a lobster fishing family on the Maine coast (with, let's say, its monetary challenges amidst a persistent and oppressive class structure) carried negative social stigma, unbearable "otherness," and non-belonging. Therefore, discovering through WikiTree with relatively high levels of "certainty" direct familial relations with royal roots, ancient and immigrant aristocratic ancestors, Mayflower passengers, originators of the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence, Colonial governors, and US Presidents has caused a crisis in identity, cultural upheaval and re-shifting, reorientation within unfamiliar terrains of belonging, and new levels of responsibility toward social justice.
Given the sad context of current socio/political divisions, the collaborative work of WikiTree is especially meaningful and healing. Discovering cousins whom I adore, breaking through ancestral brick walls, and listening to ancestral voices of x-degree great grandfathers and grandmothers have reoriented personal and familial life, energized new purpose, deepened levels of courage and risk-taking, and spurred new responsibilities as a member of the human family.
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Rosa is 26 degrees from Charlotte Brontë, 15 degrees from Louisa May Alcott, 37 degrees from Victoria Benedictsson, 22 degrees from Rosalind Nield, 22 degrees from Elizabeth Gaskell, 29 degrees from Amy de Leeuw, 20 degrees from Harriet Arbuthnot, 25 degrees from Aurore Dupin de Francueil, 25 degrees from Isabella Crawford and 20 degrees from Barry Smith on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.