Sue's degree in Dramatic Arts and Speech is from Rutgers University. Her experience as an editor hails from the 1960s, when she edited dissertations for graduate students. Her intermittent careers have been, most importantly, mother, then dance director and historian, intentional community administrator, construction worker, and dramatist. She enjoys editing, politics, and building the earthship in which she and John live.
As a mother, she has 5 children, and enjoys visiting her 11 grandchildren, 5 in California and 6 in Vermont.
Political interest has been strong since childhood. Sue performed at peace rallies in the '60s and participated in civil rights demonstrations, including at the famous "I have a dream" speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington DC. She worked with the United Farm Workers and with the gay and lesbian Right to Marry Taskforce in Vermont. Now she is an active member of Occupy Central Vermont.
Sue has traveled in many parts of the world, including living in Chile for a year and traveling in Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, and across the United States numerous times. She finds southern Utah to be the most beautiful place she has been.
Sue has written a reader's theater play of African American poetry and a science fiction story.
Sue and John met as dancers while Sue directed Teen Two-Step and Worldance, arranging cultural exchanges between Vermont teenage dancers and teenagers in Russia, England, Newfoundland, and Costa Rica. Sue formed Galopede to present traditional New England dance in period costume at local venues, and danced in France, Belgium, Ecuador, Canada and New England with the Green Mountain Volunteers. She directed cultural exchanges with younger dancers from India, Mexico, Bulgaria, and Japan with their Vermont counterparts. Presently she teaches international folk dance at the Old Schoolhouse Common to local people of all ages.
Both Sue and John have rehabilitated old houses, and following John's lead, Sue is now interested in environmental issues. The couple is building the earthship in which they live, a green building that uses recycled building materials and passive solar techniques.
They were founding members of the Meadowdance Intentional Community. That group spent 3 years meeting together before forming a physical community. The original vision of families sharing land in separate housing gradually changed over the 5 years Sue and John lived there, with some members desiring to live communally in one house. In part, Neruda is an attempt to return to the original vision. For Neruda, Sue and John modified the vision and mission statements they had developed with other founding members of Meadowdance.
John's degree is in Engineering Physics from Cornell University. His experience as an editor hails from the early '90s, when he helped produce a magazine about computers, wrote articles, did production work, and provided technical assistance. His careers have included dancer, intentional community financial administrator, construction worker, and environmentalist.
John enjoys parenting and grandparenting, helping the children through their many practical tribulations.
His main thrust politically is environmentalism. He works to reduce the carbon imprint of the household and has plans for a microhydroelectric installation that will allow Neruda to provide electricity for all its members. He is a member of the Marshfield Energy Committee. John advocates for a simple lifestyle, eschewing materialism and the consumer culture.
John loves to snowboard, ski, and bike. He has lived in Belgium for a year and traveled in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, England, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and across the United States several times. His favorite place to be is home.