In the early 80's, I worked full time as an evening shift phlebotomist at Rose Memorial Hospital, in Denver, Colorado. I was a Biology/Chemistry student at Metropolitan State College during the day. I had a wonderful Histology professor. The first day of class, he told us to bring colored pencils to our next session and informed us we would learn the different structures by drawing them. The complaints flew. “I can‟t draw,” a number of us wailed. He said, “That‟s okay. After this semester, you‟ll be able to.” In fact, by the end of the first 4 hour lab, we were drawing fairly good representations of the 10 or so samples he‟d place on microscope stages, for each lab. He‟d turn on some light instrumental jazz, turn off the harsh institutional overhead lights, and we‟d draw with just the natural day light pouring in from the windows. The room was a respite from the noisy, busy world around us. About a year before graduation, I started paying attention to the question, “What will you do when you graduate?” Looking around the hospital for an answer, I felt a little bit like Goldilocks. “Nursing?” No, that chair didn‟t feel right. “Physician?” Nope, that bed wasn‟t just right. “R.T., P.T., X-Ray, M.T.?” No, no, no and no. Then I stumbled across the Histology lab. I immediately fell in love with the small, 3 person lab. I loved the hands-on mix of science, craftsmanship, and artistry involved in creating the beautifully stained slides. I asked them if they could use a volunteer between my morning classes and my evening shift. First, they let me do the H&E staining. Of course, it was all manual, then. Dip, dip, dip. Answering the insistent call of multiple timers, it was a great fit for my sense of precision. Then, they taught me how to cut Autopsies. In the following years, my career path took me from sitting for the HTL registry, to 8 years as a bench tech in clinical hospitals, to a Mohs‟ Histotech, to becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the Mohs Histotech Society (ASMH), co-chair of 2 ASMH conferences, to forming my own business, setting up labs, writing manuals and training Mohs Histotech‟s. Whenever a lull occurred in business, I‟d travel as a Histo – temp. Then the opportunity to supervise a clinical Histology lab came along. I have had the privilege of serving Veterans, in that capacity, at the Minneapolis VA, for the past 4.5 years. I couldn‟t have asked for a better career. I look forward to continuing to grow in my field, though I don‟t know where it will take me. Maybe QIHC next? Maybe MHA and administrative work? I know I‟ll always have opportunities to learn in this career. Many thanks to all the fine Histotech‟s who shared their expertise and their friendship with me over the decades.