Though born in Florida, I moved several times in my childhood to various states, which included mostly Utah, Washington, and Idaho. My parents were outdoor folk who enjoyed skiing, mountain climbing, and camping in what I consider almost primitive conditions. We often parked at the base of a mountain and hiked miles into the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains with back packs, sleepingbags and a tent. We had a small camp stove and a small amount of dehydrated food, but we mainly fished. We did not carry bait, but caught local insects (e.g., grasshoppers) to use as bait for rainbow trout. There were no toilets, showers or other modern conveniences. We had a shovel for waste, and we “bathed” in ice-cold creeks. We traveled a lot, seeing many National Parks as well, which meant exploring different states.
My parents were both very intelligent people, having attended universities and being well read. My father also took an interest in flying and got his pilot’s license. He flew and owned two private airplanes – one single and one twin engine – and even frequently flew a glider. I got to fly in the glider with him once and frequently traveled in the airplanes with him and other family members.
After I graduated from High School, I joined the Army, and traveled more. The theme of the Army at that time was “Be All That You Can Be,” and it was very compelling. I stretched my abilities far beyond what I ever imagined possible. Many of the experiences of my childhood helped me cope with the hardships of basic training, and my sheer determination and will helped me get past the rest of it. My Army education took me back to Florida, only 76 miles from my birthplace, and it was interesting to go back and meet the doctor who delivered me. My first duty station was in Maryland and my next duty station was in Germany, where I took advantage of touring several European countries. After my tour of duty was over, after four years of service, I was Honorably Discharged.
Upon my return to the States, I began college. I seemed to continue my history of moving from place to place as well. Over the years I achieved an AA, BS, and MA as well as three minors. I graduated magna cum laude with my AA, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and graduated with Honors with my BS. My continuous movement through the United States from South to North and West to East and through the Mid-West and my travels through Europe and meeting many people from a variety of countries and cultures through the military, college and places I’ve lived has enriched my life in many ways.
I currently live in the Bay Area of California, where I am very happy. The liguistic, art, musical, food, and cultural environments are very rich. I have always loved to write, and I always seem to come back to this.