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I was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1958. I have three older brothers. Though I thought it would be nice to have a sister, I did love being the only girl and the youngest.
We lived just outside of Portland, in Milwaukie and Canby, as vegetable farmers. We grew radishes, onions, spinach, lettuce of all kinds, beets, and other vegetables. We grew up working hard—but also doing our share of having fun. Outdoor watermelon fights, of course! Soaking each other with the giant hose we used to wash down the crates of produce. The best fun was filling the giant steel washtub we used to clean radishes with ice-
I met my husband, Chuck, when I was thirty-
I’ve always loved to write. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a singer-
ABOUT PATTY JEAN WIESE