Welcome to My Web Site

     Central Florida has been my home since moving here with my family from Fairfield, Connecticut. Winter Park was our destination in January, 1952 - we made it safely after driving several days moving into our new 'pink' house on Kings Way.

     Currently my husband and I live in what is known as the tourist capital of the world with Walt Disney World and Sea World of Florida as well as Universal Studios of Florida. My nickname is Duchess; thus the name of my website.

     Interests include, but are not limited to, cruise ships and web page support. I am retired after working 39 years at the University of Central Florida. At the time of retirement UCF was the 3rd largest university in the country and the largest university in the State of Florida. My husband and I spend our leisure hours cruising and traveling the highways.

     I enjoy endless hours with my computer and the creation, design and support of personal and small business web sites.

     A web site I am particularly proud of is one I created and maintained for a 5th grade class in Rock Falls, Illinois. The web site, Elwood's Adventures, was an online scrapbook of the adventures of Elwood, the Dream Big stuffed character doll created in 1980 by Mr. Doug Hand, a 5th grade teacher. Elwood had traveled over 4.5 million miles around the world meeting people and bringing back stories and memorabilia to his 'forever' 5th grade class. Unfortunately Mr. Hand passed away December, 2013 and Elwood's web site came down off the internet 9/1/2015.

     I hope you find parts of my web site interesting. I created it in 1996 and have updated it on and off over the years. Currently this site is undergoing renovations.