Two thoughts come to mind while developing this page: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” And, “Don’t believe your own press.” This brief bio is, therefore, an attempt to present myself holistically — hoping to clearly portray who I am as a professional, who I am as a writer, and who I am to those who know me.
I was born in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up in South Dakota in the 1960s and 70s. My three brothers and I were raised by well-meaning parents who were always trying to “make ends meet” which means for several years we were pretty poor by U.S. standards.
I completed my undergraduate in English education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Later, after working as a conference planner for a few years, I began to teach which I’ve now done for nearly 30 years at both the high school and university level. During this same time period, I’ve been a husband, a father, and active in my local church and community.
Many of my colleagues and professional acquaintances may not know about my love for the story. I’ve dabbled with creative writing for several years and have only recently had the time and the courage to share some stories about myself and others. My wife Noelle and I have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. We currently live in the Los Angeles metro area where Noelle works as screenwriter.
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