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).
Many of the boring details below:
TV Producer, Actor/Director, & Educator
- 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
- 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
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