~+~+~ I was actually born in Washington, D.C. when there was a hospital on I Street instead of just lawyers. I grew up with a NASA Pioneer Scientist father, and loved listening to him talk about the Moon and the origin of the Solar System. I had eight brothers and sisters and they taught me to read the milk jug and cereal boxes, when nothing else was available. I currently live in Northern Virginia. I homeschooled for a while, taught Religious Education, and then taught Middle School science, geometry, and religion. Eventually I retired, started to read Dante, and learned to like more vegetables. I publish as Jane Meyerhofer and as Frances DeChantal.

~*~*~ I write about Catholic Scientists. I began the work to help high schoolers who were being told that Catholics could not be scientists, that as students these high schoolers needed to ditch their faith. There are many scientists who were/are Christian and great scientists but I realized quickly that I had to limit myself in order to do the best I could. So I didn’t discuss Michael Faraday or Isaac Newton. Maybe I will here.

Beyond Catholic scientists I am fascinated by the beginnings of technology or engineering. I like to think about the problems that people have tried to solve and the ways they approached the problems.

{{You can buy a book: 1000 Years of Catholic Scientists by Jane Meyerhofer, from Mary Daly at Hedge School.}}  UPDATE January 2023. The book may be unavailable at this time. Mary Daly died (God Rest her Soul) and her publishing efforts are still in limbo.

~*~*~ I also write about things that interest me. I just published (November 2022) a book about Dante’s Divine Comedy. It is meant as help for super beginners, but someone else has the title of “beginner’s guide”. The Divine Comedy is, first off, an adventure, and should be read through from beginning to end. Then you can go back and look for deep meaning, or just extra enjoyment.

~*~*~ I wrote a novel, Marguerite: A Novel with a Little Murder. I call it Catholic fiction. It contains elements of suspense, romance, childhood sickness, sisterly love, and faith. It is available on Amazon either as a Kindle book or as a paperback. I wasn’t quite technically savvy enough to make sure the two addresses were linked so I give them both to you below. UPDATE January 2023. Not currently available as a paperback. I’m working on this problem.

Kindle:   https://www.amazon.com/Marguerite-Little-Murder-Frances-DeChantal-ebook/dp/B01K2CCF8A

 Currently unavailable.(((Paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Marguerite-Little-Murder-Frances-DeChantal/dp/1537024361)))

I am writing another novel, this time about sheep and Iowa, and cults and romance. And a little spinning. Excerpts on this blog are labeled “Jessamyn”. They will have to disappear if I finish the book because Amazon will think I’m plagiarizing myself. My interest in spinning led me to spinning jennies and weaving and the Industrial Revolution.