Rita Collins

Rita Collins

A believer in the power of community, I call the Tobacco Valley home. The community here continues to amaze me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I participate in the Board of History and their Friday quilting, attend Eureka Folk Music jams and am part of the Eureka book club (Theresa Hafen says I was one of the founders but I am convinced she started the group).

I have lived in nine states and three countries. I've taught children in elementary school, adults in university and most levels in between. During those times when I have not been teaching, I worked for nonprofits ranging from the American Red Cross to the Salvation Army til now, the Sunburst Community Service Foundation. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and still enjoy eating seafood and Silver Queen corn. Recently I started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.