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The Twilight Years
and Looking Back

Barbara Collins

This book is a sequel to the book, You Lead A Mean Trail ( It tells the experiences of Barbara Collins, a professor who taught for fifty years at California Lutheran University (CLU) in her dealings with an incurable lung infection (MAC) and the funny things that happened to her in the hospital. It includes descriptions of adventure trips to many parts of the world: Joshua Tree, Mono Lake, the Canadian Rockies, 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 Lancaster, California. It closes with her experience with hospice. 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 1973 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

A related, extra resource is a collection of 293 illustrations that can be viewed at Wonderful views of scenery and wildflowers are displayed that enhance the enjoyment of the book.

The Twilight Years <br>and Looking BackThe Twilight Years <br>and Looking Back

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ISBN: 978-1-942304-01-2
260 Pages
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Lutheran University Press
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