The mild climate of Pasadena offered respite from the harsh winters of the Midwest.
"With so little greenery and so much grey, I was prone to daydreaming, to wanting for something better. It was called America."
The warm smell of jasmine flowers in the evening attracted her to Los Angeles, where she found community within a writers group she founded.
"My family tried living near Griffith Park, just north of Los Feliz, but we didn't like it. It was haunted, among other things."
Crossing continents, oceans and national borders isn't the only journey taken by the Los Angeles migrants and immigrants; many of our participants tell of the journey their hearts
For the life-long educator, "the City of Angels definitely embraced me, nurtured me, taught me and I am proud that they made an angel out of me!"