Anne Mikkelsen studied cooking in Provence, France at L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes with Simone Beck, co-author (with Julia Child) of Mastering the Art of French Cooking I and II. Anne hosted a cooking show, owned two restaurants, a catering company and a B&B in Minnesota. She has a B.A. degree from Western Washington University with a concentration titled, Writing the Narrative: Creative Writing and the Science of Social Relationships.
Anne worked for three years as research and editorial assistant to Nanette J. Davis, Ph.D. in the writing of her book, Blessed is She… Elder Care: Women’s Stories of Choice, Challenge and Commitment. Dr. Davis and Anne co-authored Families in Crisis: a case study of Elder Caregivers, a peer-reviewed paper for the journal, New Directions in the Humanities, which they delivered at a conference in Cambridge University, U.K., in 2005. That same year, Anne published Aunt Mary’s Confession in “Creative Environments for Innovative Learning: Voices and Visions,” an online journal.
In April of 2009, Anne was honored as Outstanding Family Caregiver by Elder Service Providers of Whatcom County, Bellingham, Washington.
October, 2009: An excerpt of another book project by Anne, titled, From Both Sides of the River, was published in the online literary journal, www.scrollinspace.com.
Fall of 2009: Completed Hospice Volunteer Training from Whatcom Hospice
May, 2010: Scroll In Space published, With Cedar, a short story by Anne Mikkelsen.
January, 2011, Diamedica Publishing, N.Y., published Anne’s book Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to put you in the Driver’s Seat. The same year, Anne published From Both Sides of the River: A Family Portrait, under the Willow Island Press imprint.
Her new book, co-authored with her husband Mike, The Dodge: Guts, Glory and Living at Full-Throttle, will be released in March 2012 by Willow Island Press. The Dodge, both a prequel and a sequel to Take Charge, and spanning a period of 70 years, is more than a book about a man and his car. It is about a life, a love and a commitment showing us how the car/man bond was life-sustaining for both.
April, 2012: Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease, was named #4 on Library Journal’s Top 20 Best Selling Small Press Books most in demand by book stores and libraries.
July 27, 2012: The Dodge: Guts, Glory and Living at Full Throttle, #1 Best Selling book at The Country Bookshelf, Montana’s largest Indie Book Store.
2013: Anne’s short story “With Cedar” and an excerpt from her book, titled From Both Sides of the River have been selected for publication in the anthology, Scroll in Space: Selected Stories, scheduled for release early 2013, by Scroll Press, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
March 2014, Presented paper titled, “Love’s Last Measure” American Society on Aging annual conference, San Diego
October 17, 2014: Certificate for participation in Professional Mediation Training from Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
2015: Willow Island Press released the Second Edition of Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease, co-authored by Anne Cutter Mikkelsen and Carolyn Stinson.
February 2016: Love’s Last Measure: Lessons Found at Death’s Door, published by Willow Island Press.
Spring, 2016: Anne updated Hospice training and began volunteer work at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham.
October 29, 2016: Anne received Buddhist precepts, from Preceptor, Nomon Tim Burnett, in the Jukai Ceremony at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, Bellingham, WA
January of 2017: Anne was accepted into a two-year Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
March 2019: Anne graduated from Upaya Chaplaincy Program as an Interfaith Neighborhood Chaplain and is currently working with Bellingham At Home (BAH) on community efforts to connect neighbor to neighbor and neighborhood to neighborhood with a focus on caring for our Elders in their homes.