I have self-published a collection of poetry "Dusting By Stars," and two historical novels: "Tucks and Me" (Set in pre-revolutionary America centering on the relationship of a young Quaker boy and Crispus Attucks. The historical focus is abolition, the plight of the ordinary seaman, the blockade of Boston Harbor, the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre and ending with the Boston Tea Party.); the second is "Otto" (the story of a German soldier from World War I to the Eisenstadt Trial at Neuremberg after World War II. It is an attempt to answer the question 'why?'). I am working on a new book about the life of apostle John and Mary.
I am 79 years young and still trying to understand humanity and its ways, knowing it to be beyond my skill. I am filled with hope for humanity, patriotism for my country and scorn for those who "use" it for gain or power. I despise "liars" and "bullies" and those who believe they are better than others because of their wealth, or color, or standig in the community. I equally despise those who use their "victimhood" as an excuse not to try.
I have spent my life's work as a teacher. My favorite students have been those "thrown away" by others. They are now managers of stores, architects, fathers and mothers, PTA members and solid citizens. Many have college degrees, some have gone to jail, but have returned to society and found jobs. They knew they were respected. They knew an education was vital to their future. They knew someone cared. They knew life could be hard, because it was, and they knew they could overcome the difficulties because someone believed they could.
I like W.H. Auden, Frost, C.S. Lewis, and Bob Dylan. I have read J.R.R. Tolkien, and Harry Potter, along with Wordsworth and Cathereine Emerich. I love "Sign, Sealed and Delivered," as well as "CSI Miami" and "NCIS." I am a member of the Nature Consevancy and Doctors Without Borders.
I would love to find others who love history and facts and find reading fiction another way to learn history, or those who love a variety of poetry from the simplest to the most complex. Kathy