A Former Homemaker Seeks a Green Career

A Former Homemaker Seeks a Green Career 1

Stephen Brashear

Having earned a degree in landscape management, Kristine Bridges volunteers in a municipal greenhouse in Tacoma, Wash., while she looks for a job.

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Stephen Brashear

Having earned a degree in landscape management, Kristine Bridges volunteers in a municipal greenhouse in Tacoma, Wash., while she looks for a job.

Second in an occasional series on adults who seek higher education after turning 50.

If things had been different, Kristine Bridges figures, she would have gone to college and become a forester. She would have worked under the sky, no walls in sight.

In high school, however, she had struggled, flunking a couple of classes, feeling down all the time. She received scant encouragement at home. In the mid 1960s, she recalls, most young women growing in Tacoma, Wash., had