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Lynn Doxon

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Lynn Ellen Doxon has led the life of many Baby Boomers, changing careers frequently, becoming a mother late in life and retiring early to a new style of retirement. She worked her way through college as a waitress.

She gave up waiting tables to become a VISTA volunteer, teaching Kansas farmers about alternative energy. After one of her seminars on fuel alcohol a farmer who attended invented a very efficient small farm still. At the completion of her VISTA term they went into business as the Tallgrass Research Center, manufacturing the fuel alcohol stills. Lynn developed recipes for making alcohol out of grains, cattails, bakery waste and other starchy substances. Her first book, The Fuel Alcohol Handbook, was developed out of this business. Her partner's death, coinciding with the Reagan presidency and the end of tax breaks for alternative energy, put an end to the business, so Lynn went back to school.

She got an MS in horticultural therapy then a PhD in horticulture, emphasizing farming systems. During that time she also married and became the mother of two teenage boys. Lynn was appointed Urban Horticulture Specialist with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service in 1988 and her architect husband followed her to New Mexico.

He developed a nationwide business in Liturgical Design Consulting and Architecture. Lynn left the Extension Service in 1994 to write part time and work with her husband. They developed a process through which churches planned new buildings.

Her second book, High Desert Yards and Gardens, was published along with articles on horticulture and liturgical design.

In 1997 Lynn and her husband adopted three girls from Ukraine. Lynn continued to work part time with her husband as she homeschooled her daughters. She wrote her third book, Rainbows from Heaven, about the adoption of the girls.

In 2008, Lynn transformed volunteer activities at the private school her youngest daughter attended into a brief stint as the Executive Director of the school. When reduced attendance made it difficult to support her salary, Lynn moved on to manage the Native Plant Nursery at the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

In 2011 she retired. Lynn is now working on leading a balanced life, spending time on personal development, leisure activities, health and wellness, writing a gardening e-zine, working as a Retirement Coach, managing family finances and spending time with her husband and the beautiful young adults her daughters have become.

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