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About Mary Hahn Ward

Welcome to the blog! Thank you for taking the time to read my musings on various aspects of life.

Currently, I teach for an online high school. After a decade in health care management I switched careers to teaching high school social studies at 45 years old, with a particular focus on courses in government. It seemed like such a crazy decision at the time, yet it has served me well. I hope I have done the same for my students.

Much of my time these last few years has been taken up with caring for my husband, Tom. Tom is a Marine Corps veteran with service connected Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS.

When I am not engrossed in care giving tasks or teaching responsibilities I embrace other endeavors. Photography, writing, yoga, and long walks are of particular interest.

Tom is an oil painter. Lately he has taken to teaching me how to apply paint to a canvas. It’s been fun and interesting, to say the least. It seems I can never take a lesson without getting, literally, up to my elbows in paint.

We have two children in their thirties, one grandchild, and another on the way.

We are living life the best way we know how. ALS is a challenging disease for those who have it, and those who care for them.

These past two years I have been a caregiver fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. It has been an extraordinary experience.

Over the years I have accomplished graduate work. I hold a masters in health care services and management and a masters in public administration.

I have written two books over the years:

Paws at Work

Letters Home

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
~ Marc Riboud







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