Welcome

Welcome. I am a writer. Here’s a little about me.

I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where I graduated from Ginter Park Elementary, Tuckahoe Middle, and St. Christopher’s High. From there, I went to Harvard University and the Medical College of Virginia. Mrs. Dunnington (Ginter Park), Mrs. Bracey (Tuckahoe), Mr. Rudd (St. C), Professor Bate (Harvard), and Professor Vlahcevic (MCV) were among my favorite teachers.

In addition to my formal education, I have learned from my time as a burger flipper at Hardee’s, an auto parts clerk at W. T. Grant’s, a delivery boy at a drugstore, and a debris heaver at a construction site.

As an intern at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital in 1983, I spent 36-hour shifts treating the tragic nonstop complications of AIDS patients. Since then, whether a beeper blares or remains silent, I have relived many a sleepless night.

While practicing medicine at a VA hospital in Illinois, I sought an outlet via the fiction workshop of Elaine Fowler Palencia. Thanks to Elaine’s tutelage, I established writing as the second chapter of my life. I now have more than enough stories (published and brand-new) for a thematic collection, and my medically infused novel has flowed into its final draft. Needless to say, Elaine is another cherished mentor.

To give back, I have tutored high school equivalency candidates in a variety of adult education venues. In so doing, I wrote howtopasstheged.com. Approaching one thousand printed pages in length, this free online book is a finished product that provides 24/7 access to study materials for teachers and seekers alike.

Along the way, I finished four marathons. Now a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, I have found the running trails of Umstead Park to be a joy.


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