Author

I write about triumphing over the challenges we face in everyday life and about facing aging head-on and with exuberance.

I recently completed a memoir, Chronic & Invisible, about achieving my dreams while fighting my limitations as a polio survivor.

In my newsletter, I share my thoughts and ideas in the form of essays, poems, and excerpts from my book.

Writing keeps me going, and I hope I have something to say that will add to your life as well.

My two non-fiction works celebrate aging and triumph over an invisible chronic illness.

  • Happy Birthday: Adjusting to Life’s Changes as the Birthdays Keep On Coming
  • Chronic & Invisible: A Memoir

My literary novel-in-progress draws on my own experience to create a story of the unexpected survival of friendship in the high-pressure, competitive television industry.

As a writer and motivational speaker, I encourage others coping with issues of aging, illness, and loneliness (oops! I mean friendships).

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Many of the boring details below:

TV Producer, Actor/Director, & Educator

EDUCATION

  • BA – Northwestern State University, Alva, Oklahoma
  • MA – University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma – Master’s Thesis on the novels of Thomas Wolfe
  • PhD – University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri – Dissertation on the dramaturgy  of the unique Playwright’s Company (Elmer Rice, Robert Sherwood, Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, and Sidney Howard )
  • TEACHING: (Speech, Drama, TV/Film Communications)
    • Moore High School – Moore, Oklahoma – Speech & Drama
    • University of Oklahoma – Public Speaking
    • University of Missouri – Voice & Diction, Oral Interpretation
    • Texas Tech University – Television Performance

     

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TV CAREER

  • Co-Founder of MEDIA SUPPORT GROUP, LLC – Texas – developing television systems in public schools and universities
  • Founder of education access television station LISD-TV, Cable Channel 12 – Lubbock, Texas, which has trained hundreds of students in the various specialties of TV
  • KCBD-TV, (NBC Affiliate) Channel 11 – Lubbock, Texas – produced and hosted a half-hour daily magazine show for 10 years
  • KOCO-TV (ABC Affiliate) Channel 5 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – News Room Administrative Assistant
  • KTXT-TV (PBS Affiliate) Lubbock, TX – Produced numerous half-hour specials on the arts
  • TV DIVISION, Texas The University News & Publications – produced numerous short films for the university

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THEATRE CAREER

I have directed and acted in dozens of plays and written two full-length scripts. One was produced at Texas Tech University.

  • Warehouse Theatre – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Missouri Repertory Theatre – Columbia, Missouri
  • Hayloft Dinner Theatre – Lubbock, Texas
  • Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas
  • University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma
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