The Serious Stuff

Judy Dodge Cummings in historical garbJudy Dodge Cummings is a writer and former history teacher who lives in south central Wisconsin. She taught history for 26 years and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadfield social studies and psychology and a MFA in creative writing for children and teens. She has published 20 nonfiction books.

The Curious Stuff


Names People Call Me

  • Judith Ann (only if you’re my mom and only when I’m in trouble)
  • Judeous Maximus (what my son called me when he was obsessed with The Gladiator movie)
  • Judy (What my friends call me. Please, call me Judy.)

Places I’ve Lived

  • Patterson, New Jersey
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Reedsburg, WI
View from my Wisconsin home

The view from my current home in the Driftless region of Wisconsin

Jobs I’ve Had

  • Motel Maid (My best find was an unopened package of Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Cookies. Yes, I ate them.)
  • Donut Fryer (This job cured my love of donuts forever)
  • History Teacher

Favorite Historical Fiction

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • A Northern Light
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

Things I Hate to Do

  • Vacuum
  • Put on a wet swimming suit
  • Start my workout




Things I Love to Do

  • Take cat naps (With or without my two cats.)
  • Travel (I only need to get to Australia and Antarctica and I’ll have visited all seven continents
  • Finish my workout
Judy finishes her workout

I’m dirty, but proud at the end of an obstacle course and mud-run.

I Can’t Live Without

  • The Outdoors
  • Books
  • My Family
Jamming with my family

Here I am jamming with two of my seven siblings.


My Bucket List Includes…

  • Bungee Jumping off a cliff in New Zealand
  • Becoming fluent in Spanish
  • Discovering the meaning of life