Having left the Midwest, I live in Bremerton, Washington, now.  When I do a 180 from my computer to the window, I can watch boats of all sizes pass by on Puget Sound.  From my town, Mount Rainier is visible to the east and the peaks of the Olympic Mountains to the west.  The climate allows sailing and downhill skiing on the same day.  It’s quite the place.



I was middle aged when I began writing for publication.  I was a teacher then, and a track and cross-country coach, a director of plays, and a leader of wilderness expeditions.


But I started contributing to a weekly paper in my neighborhood