The Poet

What would I like you to know about me? What would you like to know? Let me answer the first question, and if that doesn't tell you enough, you can email me to ask whatever you would like.

By nature, I am a helper, a healer, a rescuer, which would readily explain my career in healthcare. I became a Registered Nurse in 1982 and that provided me with the security and flexibility to take care of my family, which eventually included five children.

I have at times been described as a "Renaissance Man" because I have so many different interests. I started playing piano around age 6, then as an early teen, took up guitar. Mid-teens, I learned to play the organ, primarily for church services. Around the same time, I was asked to be the choir director for my church congregation. So I've played piano, guitar, and organ most of my life, both in and out of church. That has included songwriting/recording. Check out my songs using the "Music" link at the top of the page.

I dabbled in drawing as a teen and took an art class in college, but it never really took off at that time. When I got a digital tablet, I found I could do fun drawings. Samples are included under the "Artwork" tab above.

Photography has been a life-long interest. Digital cameras have been the best thing ever for me, as they have allowed me to take as many photos as I want without the cost of film, developing, and so on. I've owned several different cameras, my current ones being a Canon 80D DSLR and a Canon PowerShot. I've used Photoshop for a number of years to enhance photos and experiment with techniques and filters to create artistic effects. Some examples of my work are under the "Photos" link at the top of the page.

Reading was my safe/escape place as a child, and as a result of reading, I wanted to write. My earliest attempt at poetry was a three-page poem about Robin Hood and Maid Miriam, written carefully in a Big Chief tablet. When I showed it to my mother, she refused to believe that I had written it and not just copied it from somewhere. That was weird, but it didn't stop me from writing. Later in life, I actually starting submitting poems for publication and over the past 7 years, have had 5 full-length books and several chapbooks published. All of them are available for purchase - check out the "Poetry" link for details. You can also see and hear me read my work - check the "Videos" link from the menu.

Trying to stay physically fit and at the same time get great photos, I learned to kayak. That's been wonderful. When it's too windy to kayak, I go hiking with my wife, who is also a photographer and a certified naturalist. You can see her work at Rockville Rocks.