Barbara and Merl Jacobsen married in their 50s and moved into a home at the edge of Ketring Park in Littleton, where they have watched seasons come and go, wildlife change and thrive.
Now in their 80s, they have been involved in the community. They have traveled the world with Project C.U.R.E., delivering supplies and setting up medical clinics and enthusiastically raising funds when in town, involved with Littleton Rotary.
When home, Barbara Jacobsen has written and published a number of books for adults and kids and recorded CDs of stories.
The two most recent titles are “Splashes of Ketring,” poems about the wildlife living around the man-made Ketring Lake and man's interaction with it, and “Fountain of Age,” thoughts on growing older in a happy marriage. They are self-published and available from the author.
The pair have six children between them, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She writes that she has “been through feast and famine, marriages and divorces, births and deaths, joys and heartaches. But in each case, she has found herself cupped in God's healing hand.”
She continues to say that spritual leaders through the years have told her she was meant to be a writer. Stories from the universe eventually began to “flow through her … . The muses pop up during the middle of the night, while driving down the road, overhearing bits of conversations, seeing things …”
She has a strong urge to share her upbeat responses to the world.
Her eclectic background includes training hunting dogs and great Danes, selling concession tickets, stage performance, secretarial jobs, real estate and property management, medical office management and more.
A nice piece about the black-crowned night heron she saw at Ketring Park includes:
“He wears the same tuxedo all day.
“His black crown attracts the lasses.
“But no time for play
“And no dream of catching big basses.”
“The Fountain of Age” includes a thoughtful poem called “It Take Two to Ride a See-Saw” about the sometimes uneven ride a couple has as they keep going up and down — sometimes balancing, sometimes not.
Jacobsen's books are available through her website, www.barbaraojacobsen.com.