I was born and raised in
At the age of age 13, I wrote my first poem, inspired by a mine disaster which had taken place in a town by the name of Springhill in the
As an adult, after I became a teacher, I concentrated on writing plays for my students. Many of the early ones that I wrote - pre-
I am also very musical; I started playing piano by ear at the age of 2. It took some courage for me to attempt to write music, because the first time I did so (as a teenager), I regurgitated a well-known melody without realizing it. In other words, I did a bit of subliminal plagiarizing. In 1992, however, I bit the bullet and decided to write some songs, the result being several songs, both personal and educational, including an original music curriculum, which also includes a book of lesson plans. (See Home Page).
In addition to my teaching, I have worked in marketing research all told for about 12 years. As Quality Assurance Manager at my last job, I wrote many guides for interviewers and supervisory staff including hard copy guides and three PowerPoint presentations for training interviewers and supervisors on how to capture and edit open ended responses.I love to be creative and I love to write. If you had asked me when I was a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a writer. I didn't have the courage to pursue this as a young person; I just focused my writing on my teaching. I guess I'd still like to be a writer "when I grow up.”