Excellence. Period.

Besides writing, my other passions include photography, music, playing the piano, computers - all of which I am a master at none - and my best friend, Q.

Pushing Through

Beginnings aren't always

marked as firsts. Sometimes

they're synonymous with

continuation, moving forward,

starting and stopping,

pushing through.

The goal is to reach another side,

mistakes and all;

they're part of the process,

expected and unavoidable.

Learn from them,

make even

unpleasant experiences

part of the momentum.

It's then you'll realize pushing through, like beginnings,

are life long.  

September 2017

Poetry is a passion which began early when attending Harding Jr. High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My English teacher (also named Pam) introduced me and the class to poet E.E. Cummings.  I've been writing ever since. As an author of short stories and poetry, my work has been published by Dorrance & Company in their Contemporary Poets series (a book entitled "Sometimes It's Good to Beleive in Monsters"), in "Lyrical Iowa" (an Anthology of the Iowa Poetry Association), "Virtue Magazine," and locally as a weekly columnist in The Oskaloosa Herald.

My poems are described as "short and

lyrical which follow in the tradition of

such well-known American poets as

Hugh Prather and Rod McKuen in their

exploration of love as the most basic of

human emotions and literary etudes

employing nature as an instrument for reasoning in an attempt to understand life, each other, and themselves."

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