Former resident and alumna of UW-Stevens Point publishes first book
For the Gazette
STEVENS POINT – “As I Remember It: a Memoir of Persistence, Tenacity and Humor” by Theresa Wanta, a sporadic denizen of Stevens Point, was released in January, 2022. The fast paced memoir spans the years from 1942-2022 and is bound to bring on a chuckle. The entertaining rendition of memories traverses the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Louisiana, New York and Minnesota.
At a young age, the author dreamed a dream. Through circuitous routes, she pursued that dream, or shall we say, as in Francis Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven,” the dream pursued her, until she fulfilled it.
Adventures in her life took her from a farm without modern conveniences to the convent, to the Deep South, and finally to the Big Apple. After a late start, she achieved her dream, but not without a little luck and more than a little help from her friends.
Through this book she hopes to inspire individuals to follow their aspirations, despite the price there is to pay; for there always is a price, no matter what choice a person makes. As Goethe says: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The author taught at both St. Pete’s and what was then known as St. Stan’s, schools. If she were to characterize the people of Stevens Point after her many stints there, she would say, “unreserved kindness”. Several of them have contributed to the development process of this life story.
For more information, search for Theresa Wanta online.