Marine Corps boot camp was easy after growing up at a Texas orphanage where I avoided beatings by hiding in a corner and reading books. Now I write about those times. My heroes are orphans and the angels who inspired us on our journey into adulthood. The nine years I spent at the Tarrant County Children's Home during the 1950s and '60s are the focus of my current coming-of-age memoir as told by my eighteen year-old self.

I recently relocated to Tigard from Northern California where I had a career in corporate finance from 1978 to 2016 after practicing as a CPA in Texas. In the Bay Area I advocated for Seabirds and fair housing. My BBA is from the University of Texas at Arlington, where I first majored in biology. My stories and poems have been published in college literary magazines such as Forum Magazine and the on-line journal, Synchronized Chaos.

Favorite line: An unloved boy is a Pinocchio. If lucky, he becomes his own Geppetto.

Favorite quote: "Real happiness, genius and greatness are achieved only by discovering and remaining true to the inner, primeval and eternal voice of intuition. Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform you life to the pure idea in your mind, that world will unfold its great proportions."
-R.W. Emerson ("Nature" and "Self Reliance")

"Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future."
― George Orwell, 1984

Matthew 25:40: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
  • Tigard, Oregon
  • JoinedJuly 3, 2014


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