I was born in Kansas near a wheat field and a crow. After graduating from college, I moved east in search of tall trees and high humidity. I sampled the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions before finding the Southeast most to my liking. There I met the loves of my life, Bronia and the children we gave birth to, Bud and Ruby. At the University of South Carolina, I was fortunate to step into a lovable career in ESL teaching and teacher training. Since retiring in 2011, I’ve focused on caregiving my parents and furthering my writing practice. My indie poetry books include Recipes for Gratitude, Flowers Grow Wild, Full Moon Story Night, and Aaliyah on the Road.