I was born and raised in Illinois, then Missouri, living in rural mining and farm areas, as well as city areas. I have taught music in all types of school venues, leading organized school and church music programs in Michigan, Ontario, and Tennessee. I maintained a solo law practice for many years, handling special education and other civil cases, and worked a substantial territory as a membership advocate for an educator professional organization for over a decade.
My grandparents’ were variously farmers, homemakers, and coal miners. My father managed corporate real estate acquisitions and new construction projects. (He could do anything, you know.) My mother, a premier household manager, was probably the most judicious person on earth, making fairness and sharing a pillar of life. In the foreground there are now adorable (!) grandchildren, sprung from two wonderful children and their delightfully interesting life partners.
In personal moments, I explore my surroundings, read about them, photograph them, and write my own thoughts. Some day, the weather will be just right to use all the fishing tackle I’ve collected to reel in The Big One. Other favorite times are spent either outdoors or experiencing a movie, professional theatre, visual art, dance, or concert music event. As a happy secret-non-secret, I host Smooth Sensual Jazz on KLEK-lp, 102.5 FM, “Your Community Radio Station,” as we say on air. I LOVE jokes, except for degrading jokes. As my Mother of Fairness would say, “If it’s not funny for everyone, then it’s not funny.” Alas, this axiom led to my woefully incomprehensible sense of humor.