This book is a sequel to the book
You Lead A Mean Trail.
It tells the experience of Barbara Collins, a professor who
taught for 50 years at California Lutheran University, in her
dealings with an incurable lung infection (MAC) and the funny
things that happened to her in the hospital, having acquired
pneumonia seven times. It includes descriptions of additional
adventure trips to Joshua Tree National Monument, the Sierras and
Mono Lake, the remote Mistaya Lodge in the Canadian Rockies,
the big island of Hawaii and Maui, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone,
Bryce and Zion National Parks, New England, Ireland, Alaska, Norway,
Denmark, Puerto Vallarta, and the poppies at Gorman and Lancaster,
California. It closes with her experience with Hospice and saying
good-bye to family. It portrays the remarkable spirit of a truly
dedicated teacher, wife, and mother.
Barbara was more than just a mentor. She cared about her students
and their futures. She helped mold me into the professional that I
am. She was a true trail blazer. She lived the very life she taught.
She put her students first. She was a tough, but a very fair
and giving professor, loved by us all.
Dr. Mark Evinger, DDS, CLU Class of 1981
In the fall of 1975 I had no intentions of pursuing a career in
the biological sciences. But I was quickly captivated in her
freshman biology course by the skill, enthusiasm, and brilliance
of Dr. Barbara Collins. I am quite familiar with the profound
illness she faced. In the final act of her life, I am inspired
by her faith and courage, her incisive and often dry wit, and
her abiding love.
Eldon M. Walker, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research
Institute, CLU Class of 1978
The Twilight Years and Looking Back is an amalgamation
of flower quests, patient self-advocacy, and ultimately community
outpouring as Barbara's life journey reached its end. It was with
Larry's unwavering support through it all that makes her words
come to life posthumously. It is a gift that they share her
struggles and humorous observations with us.
Dr. Michelle Eyler D.O. Board Certified Family Practice,
CLU Class of 1989
Purchase the book for $18.00 from:
Lutheran University Press
PO Box 390759
Minneapolis, MN 55439
The book is 259 pages long and has seventeen black-and-white images.
There are 293 electronic images that accompany
chapters in her book that illustrate the above adventure trips.
For some of the wildflower and scenery images, additional
long-shots or close-ups can be found in two other websites:
Eight sample images of the
293 electronic images in the book
are shown below.
|Septer Spire in Canadian Rockies|
|Bryce pink limestone|
|Mono Lake tufa towers|
|Barbara, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland|