Rita Gard Seedorf is a retired academic who became reacquainted with her high school classmate, Margaret Verhoef, as they worked on planning their high school reunion. Together they soon began writing LETTERS FROM BRACKHAM WOOD. Besides academic publications she has written articles on local history and is the author of One Room out West, the story of a one-room schoolhouse and its students. She and her husband Marty live in Cheney Washington. They have a son and a daughter and two wonderful grandsons.