Ursula Bendix (Colombia 1967-69) was born in Germany in 1945 and immigrated with her family to Portland, Oregon, when she was ten. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Portland State University, she joined the Peace Corps as an educational television volunteer in Columbia, South America. At the end of her two-year volunteer service she returned to Portland, completed her master’s degree, and finished working on a secondary school teaching credential. She moved to Yreka, California, in 1976 teaching adult education and Spanish for the College of the Siskiyous many years. She also taught at a polytechnic high school in southern Chile in 2018 as part of the English Open Doors program sponsored by Chile’s Ministry of Education and the United Nations. She is owner/broker of Bendix Real Estate specializing in Yreka and much of Siskiyou County for twenty years.
Bendix’s Land • Home • Mountain View is her first short story collection.
Buying and selling real estate is the vehicle by which the complexities of life are shown — the Vietnam veteran who searches for human conection; the spiritualist who dreams of building a Center for Healing that someday will host the Dalai Lama; the San Francisco artist looking for creative inspiration; the homeless man wishing to buy his place in the sun; and the realtor, Ingrid Fromm, whose hopes and longings unfold with story as she tries to find the perfect solution for her clients in a beautiful mountainous setting.