I was born in Indiana (August 1, 1941). I moved to Juneau,
Alaska, on a gray, windy, rainy day in November 1962. I knew
I was home when, from the plane's exit door, I saw my first mist-shrouded
mountains (the tallest thing in Indiana is the corn). People
behind me had to wait while I breathed in the freshest air on
the planet. Gary and I share my two sons, his son and daughter,
and eight grandchildren. I'm semi-retired, taking on the occasional
writing contract. My real joy is creative writing. I knew in
fourth grade that I'd be a writer. I've had several articles
(self-help inspirational, true-life drama, etc.) published in
small magazines. My poetry has been included in a number of Alaska
anthologies and small magazines. My haiku has appeared in "Modern
Haiku," "Frogpond," "The Heron's Nest,"
"Hummingbird, "Acorn," "Poetry in the Light/Haiku
Light," "haijinx," "Haiku Headlines,"
"Temps Libres," "Haiku Harvest," "Haiku
Cycles," and other journals. My first haibun was selected
as Favorite of Issue ("Modern Haiku" XXXI:1, 2000)
and is included in "stone frog," Red Moon's 2001 anthology.
I'm a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Alaska Haiku
Society, the World Haiku Association, and the World Haiku Club.
I've been writing haiku-shaped poems since the late 1960s and
learned only a few years ago that I had almost as much to unlearn
as to learn about real haiku.