"I can't really put my feelings into words," Oldis said.
Oldis got her start studying ornamental horticulture at College of DuPage in 1975.
After completing her horticulture studies at COD, equipped with confidence and an array of skill sets, Oldis opened a floral shop in 1986 in downtown Glen Ellyn that became a staple in the community for 16 years.
Oldis never steered too far away from the college, coming back to teach advanced floral design in 2001 after retired Horticulture Program Coordinator Judy Burgholzer called her and said that students would benefit from her expertise.
"While I left COD as a student, I never stopped staying connected to the college community," Oldis said.
While Oldis closed her floral shop in 2000, she continued to stay active with the American Institute of Floral Designers and now serves as a freelance floral design consultant in her hometown of Shelter Bay, Washington.
This makes the findings of Oldis' book disturbing to read and leaves the reader with a strong sense of unfinished business.
Oldis obliquely suggests that Sophia Lewis' case may have influenced the government into promulgating laws passed in mid 1857 that placed heavy financial penalties on the Chinese, discouraging them from entering or staying in Victoria.
Ken Oldis is a barrister and eminently suited to exploring the legal intricacies of the case.
In the first of these Oldis gives readers his opinion about 'the true facts of the crime', while the second gives a brief biography of some of the more notorious characters.