A humorous look at the world from 1940 to 1954 from the eyes of a young military brat as she lived in Pasadena until the end of WWII. Her father, working for General Eisenhower, took the family to Europe in 1945, finally being transferred to Fort Riley in 1947.
Maria Ruiz was born Mary Alice Rust in 1940. Her father joined the Army and served in WWII. She traveled to Europe in 1945, and then moved to Junction City, Kansas in 1946. Her father was transferred to Tucson, Arizona in 1953 where she graduated from Tucson High in 1957. She moved to Santa Barbara, California where she married her high-school sweetheart. Graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1973 with a major in Biology and Mathematics, she taught Adult Education for eight years. She moved to San Francisco in 1982 where she owned her own business for ten years. In 1998, she began a ten-year trip to see as much of the world as she could with her companion. Now settled in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she and her companion work for two dogs and a cat they rescued from the streets.