1952 - 2001
When we are young, we have lots of dreams of what we want to do with our lives. When I was in junior high, I wanted to be an architect. My father was a general contractor and build over 300 houses in his lifetime so I am sure that was an influence on my dream. But in recent years, I realize that I had as a child a desire to draw which no one encouraged. When I was a sophomore in high school I made a commitment to be a minister. By the time I was a senior in high school I had lost my faith in religion. In college I dreamed of being a writer. My life may not have turned out as I imagined, but I believe it turned out better and I became what I was meant to be.
I have spent more than 35 years writing poetry and short stories. I have published 14 books and hundreds of poems. I have spent over 20 years as a motivational speaker (ministry) touching people's hearts and souls. And late in my life I have turned to painting masks. I know I ended up where I needed to be and did what I needed to do.
I believe that we are all here on this earth to learn lessons and grow. Everything that happens to us will teach us valuable lessons. The choices we make will lead us down the roads we need to travel. We will arrive where we are meant to be, having learned the lessons we were meant to learn.
When I was 50 I wrote an article, "What do I want to be when I grow up? Or how I found myself!", that appeared in my college alumni magazine. In the article I describe how became what I was meant to be.