1960: Born in Utrecht, the NetherlandsAmerica is the greatest country in the world, fascism in America, American fascism, introduction, barbara backer-gray, the big no-no, american exceptionaism, the first democracy, the great experiment, quality of life, history education, world war two, WWII, fascism, authoritarianism, totalitarianism,. Lived in Utrecht and Amsterdam.

1965: Emigrated to Australia with family.

1970: Came back to the Netherlands.

1978: Graduated high school (HAVO).

1983: Graduated library school (BDA Deventer), specialty: school libraries.

1984 – 1992: Librarian at the police training school De Boskamp in Leusden, the Netherlands.

1986: Started translating Dutch to English for various police institutes.

1991: Met T on vacation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1992 – 1994: Librarian at the ROB (National Archeology Institute) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

1994: Immigrated to McAllen, TX and married T.

1994 – 1995: One of three librarians at the local children’s library.

1995 – 1996: High school librarian at a small school district in the Rio Grande Valley.

1997 – 2001: Studied English and American literature at UT Pan-Am in Edinburg, TX.

2000 – 2001: Taught remedial English courses as a TA at UT Pan-Am.

2001: Graduated with a Master’s degree in English from UT Pan-Am.

2003 – 2006: Volunteer librarian at my kids’ Montessori school in Edinburg, TX.

2006: Moved to Austin, TX.

2011: Started my blog, Resident Alien: Being Dutch in America.

2018: Started my second blog, The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism.

I have been a Dutch-to-English translator since about 1986. Click here for more info.