As a child I chanted the names of continents, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica, with my sister and two brothers juggling suitcases, teddy bears, books, and a camera through airports and travel-stuffed station wagons.
Another school year, ending early, would continue on another continent. My father’s US Army career catapulted our family across two continents. Separated by remote assignments to Korea and Vietnam, we traveled to Guyana South America, my mother’s home country. David Polluck and Ruth Van Reken’s co-authored Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds effectively describes my childhood and teenage years—in-between cultures and able to communicate with the different; moving in and out of my life experiences. National and international travel experiences groomed my communication skills (learning effective active listening), interpersonal skills, and fueled my desire to live overseas. The island of Guam was my home for 20 years honing my cross-cultural interpersonal skills among varying people groups, languages, and culinary experiences as I traveled and worked within the Pacific Rim countries (Taiwan, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Australia, and Micronesia).
As an adult I've served our country as a USAF officer, middle school teacher, union organizer, contributing writer for electronic & print media, corporate executive, government administrator, entrepreneur, coffee master, and theologian.
I am a writer.