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Meet your neighbor: Jackie Mae Pascoe, 55

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Where I live: Lake of the Pines. It’s a really nice place to live with lots of family events, a great place to rear kids.

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: I was born in Butte, Mont., then moved to Southern California. I finally came to my senses and moved here about two years ago.

Why I like living here: The mountains remind me a lot of Montana. Plus, people here are funny, and it’s not so crowded.

What I do in my spare time: I enjoy tap dancing, reading, gardening, walking, camping and fishing.

My family: My husband, Jack, 57. We have three sons and a daughter, all living in Southern California.

Best friend(s): Peggy Vera and Di Barrett.

Favorite food: Almost anything Italian.

Pets: We have a delightful Corgi-mix named Max. He’s a great traveling companion and goes everywhere with us.

Job: I’m a teacher at Tall Pines Nursery School, a cooperative, where I instruct 3-year-olds.

What I like about my job: I’ve been in early childhood development for 25 years, working with co-ops for the past 23. I love the kids most. They’re so curious, eager to learn, and their enthusiasm for the world is contagious. And they say the funniest things: I had one child tell me she was only 3, but her dad was as old as dirt! I also like helping their parents get through the experience in one piece. And it’s really beautiful here at Tall Pines. We’re at the Nevada County Fairgrounds so we’re surrounded by pines; I love the smell.

Temporary job: I’ve only worked in education. But before that, I had a job sorting pop bottles at a bottling plant in Missoula, Mont.

What I would change about my job: I’d love to spend more time with parents. It’s the most wonderful job a person’ll ever do, but it’s the toughest, too.

Best job I ever had: They’ve all been at co-ops, so they’ve all been terrific. The best is probably here at Tall Pines.

If I won a million: Jack and I would travel to Alaska. We’ve always wanted to see it. And I’d send my kids on a trip any place they’d like.

My favorite vacation: I think my favorites have always been camping trips. We just returned from Canada. We saw Banff, Lake Louise and Glacier National Park in Montana

My dream vacation: Alaska and England.

My greatest accomplishment: Raising my sons. It’s a mixture of joy, worry and hard work.

If I could relive my life, I would: Take more risks. I’d step out more, be more adventuresome.

What I’d change about the world: People would be more caring and considerate of one another. They’d be more accepting.

The most important lessons I’ve learned: People are capable of doing just about anything they set out to do. If you have a dream, you ought to go for it.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My husband, who’s opened so many doors for me, like traveling. He showed me that there’s always more to see and experience.

My hero: I admire Mother Teresa most. But my hero is my 82-year-old mother. She’s got a heart of gold and a will of steel.

The best book I’ve read recently: “The Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver or John Irving’s “A Prayer For Owen Meany.”

My personal theme song: That’d be an old hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Favorite TV show: “The West Wing” and any and all reruns of “Seinfeld.”

A movie I’d recommend: “A River Runs Through It” for the beautiful Montana scenery and story of family and relationships.

What you should know about me: I really don’t like attention brought to me. I prefer small groups, familiar friends. And I love being with my family.

A secret I’ve never told anyone before now: I don’t like shopping. On the whole, I’d rather take a walk.

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