I am a teacher. I earned my BA in English and Russian at Ohio State University (73) and my MA in English at San Jose State (85). I retired from teaching writing and thinking to children in grades 6-8 at a Catholic school, but continue to teach young adults at Solano College in Fairfield, California. Teaching children to write is clearly the best of all possible professions!
A central fact of my life (and my poetry) is my love for my family, my wife and my two sons. My older son, Brian, passed unexpectedly at the age of 31 in March, 2017. That is the date our lives changed forever.
My poetry concerns the everyday life of the spirit. I am imbued by my Catholic faith, and as I get older, I find in the poetry of Mary Oliver and the writings of Thomas Merton my chief source of growth, comfort, and poetry.
Life, even in the agony of grief, is still good.