dispersing & reflecting light through poetry

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Born and raised near Grand Rapids, MI. Migrated to the Charleston, SC area via San Diego, CA by way of the US Navy. I have worked many different jobs in my lifetime: paper route and upholstery as a teen in a small town in Michigan; after leaving the Navy as a conscientious objector, I worked in upholstery for a while, as a short-order cook, for a month in vacuum repair, a Christian bookstore manager, janitor, GIS programming, line cook, restaraunt manager, server.

I went back to school to get a degree in English with a focus on creative writing, looking to venture into editing or teaching (leaning more toward teaching, I think). But financial irregularities cut it short before I could at least finish my Associates.

My life as a follower of Christ began in December of 1982 (one day I’ll tell you that story). It has been an up and down, back and forth life, as most lives are. I participated in a dynamic ministry in the Charleston area as the aforementioned bookstore manager, Sunday school teacher, and deacon until it split like a bad divorce around 2001, 2002; it’s a bit fuzzy. The next 6 or 7 years I stayed away from the church and God, until my folly broke me. I currently am a member of Pointe North Community Church in Moncks Corner, SC where I serve on the usher team. Through this church I have had the opportunity to be a part of a mission team to Mexico.

I will celebrate twenty years of marriage to my lovely wife Lynn in July, 2015. Between us, we have 3 daughters, and are the grandparents of 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter (you can read about her in Moments of Serenity).

Writing poetry has been a part of my life since high school (actually elementary school–I have the original copy of a graded limerick from back when). Until recently, I didn’t really enjoy reading poetry–I found most to be stuffy and incomprehensible; perhaps the reason I write my own. I read now more for study of the art and occasionally I find something I really like. In this past decade I’ve taken the writing a bit more serious. On December 20, 2010 I was the featured poet at Monday Night Poetry & Music, a long running open mic in downtown Charleston. Featured for a Night is a reproduction of the handmade chapbook I created for that night.

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Comments on: "Personal Page" (5)

  1. Great introduction. Sounds like your faith journey has been all over the map like mine. I appreciate the follow and look forward to getting to know you!

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