Agnes V. Axtell has lived in Japan, Iran, and in Spain, but The U.S. is home. She taught college level English while working for the U.S. government's Defense Language Institute to foreign military officers.
Retired from both jobs by 1997, she spends her time keeping up with family and friends, and attending church functions. She is an avid reader of widely diverse materials, and educates and annoys her children and close friends with excerpts from books they'd never touch. She is a determined gardener in a struggle with equally reluctant soil and climate.
Captain Bob Axtell fought in battles in the Pacific during WWII and survived, he also survived fifteen months in the Korean Conflict, but he didn’t fight his toughest battle until he returned home. In a matter of days, he went from being a healthy man to the isolation ward at William Beaumont Army Hospital — he had become one of the early polio statistics in 1952's polio epidemic.