Writing has been a passion for over forty-five years. I love to research the details of a story, make it new, shape it, and then introduce it to who, I hope, be as captivated as I am. My interests are broad and include Louisiana history and culture, natural history, the arts, foodways, and travel. My genres include narrative nonfiction (aka feature writing), essays, books, and public relations work, most often for nonprofits.
I've enjoyed a diversity of experiences that have included: serving as the Public Relations VP for a regional retail chain; a semester teaching feature writing at LSU; a week, on two separate occasions, teaching feature writing in a program for young journalists in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia: teaching conversational English to teenagers in rural Poland; as the keynote speaker at the LSU Writing Across the Curriculum conference; as a panelist at the Louisiana Book Festival. I've canoed bits of the Mississippi River and ridden a towboat pushing forty barges, hiked in Alberta and Montana, biked in Spain and Eastern Europe, had two knees arthroscoped, and can tell tales to my grandsons about living long.
Perhaps my most poignant writings have been helping craft the newspaper obituaries for friends--a rewarding, though challenging, use of my language skills.