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        I have Mr. Johnson to thank for making me realize there is power in words.  In 6th grade, girls were not allowed to be on Safety Patrol.  I protested to our school principal (Mr. Johnson), asking him why that should be the case.  He challenged me:  write a one-page essay convincing him otherwise. (Ha, never let a good challenge go to waste.)  I would love to think he was impressed with my lexical mastery, but really, I think he was tired of being bugged.  My main line of intellectual reasoning went something like this:  "Because it's just not FAIR!"  He changed his policy and made me Lieutenant.  It was a delicious win.

        Social justice is still important to me, and is a central theme in Running from Moloka'i.

        I live on Puget Sound in Washington state,  My interests include designing and installing ponds and waterfalls, doing computer art, and playing pickleball.

        If you are a young writer, attend film school if you can.  Read quality literature.  Above all, develop steel toes--they will come in handy.


               Previous publications:  educational curriculum, federal grant writing,  children's.


Stream in back yard.  Lots of work!


Do not do this unless you have a  sense of humor.


In the end, it's worth it.  

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