If anyone is interested in the background of an 83 year old former professor of Education who has much to say in the essays he continually grinds out, here is the short version:
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, I went to school there and returned to teach after getting my B.Sc. in Education and History from Rutgers. I served in World War II in the Army. I was at the right time and place to be selected to teach at Monmouth College where I taught history, English, education and puppetry. I am a member of the Society for the Study of Utopia.
I wrote a Master’s thesis and a Doctoral Dissertation. These were both on education in utopia, again at Rutgers. I have tried my hand at two or three novels but persevere as an essayist. I write daily essays.
I am glad I gave up being the volunteer president of my condominium association but I continue to do portrait sketching (left profile) which gives me great satisfaction. I like to sing but no one sings madrigals anymore. I play several instruments and have built three dulcimers. I paint, sculpt, write music and have trouble with the ideas that tumble about trying to get into print. Carol and I both volunteered as readers at the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic studio (RFB&D) in South Miami weekly but had to give it up due to the distance to the studio.
I have no close male friends with whom I spend time. I do not do sports except to ride my bicycle when weather and time permits. Because of my age I had to give up cycling out doors. I My closest friend is my wife, Carol, without whom I would not be in the good shape I am. She makes me happy and cares for who I am and what I do. She puts up with me and my expectation that she must edit my writings. I do spend a great deal of time trying to stimulate thinking for I believe in THINKING ALLOWED. I had a stroke on July 20, 2009 and have made a good recovery. This and buying a new computer stopped my writing. My left hand and fingers were affected and I no longer touch type.
I think I taught successfully on all levels of education and particularly enjoyed senior high school history. It was fun adding folk songs and puppetry to traditional teaching modes. I was considered an expert in how to teach.
I know who I am. I am the only one who knows about the experiences that shaped the person I have become. In my essays I try to impart, particularly for my children and my grandchildren, what this unique journey through life has been. I think sharing this experience by means of my essays might have meaning for readers.
I have two sons; Carol has two daughters. Between us we have five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. We are blessed in having faith in each other and in the knowledge that our names will be continued in those who follow after.