I've spent a career as an interpretive planner and exhibition developer, writing about what others have done and said and been. I've written three non-fiction books on regional history and collaborated on dozens of exhibit designs for museums and cultural institutions large and small. After 20+ years, I decided that I would prefer to spend my time exploring the world on my own terms, honing my own voice, and creating something original, thought-provoking, and hopefully, beautiful. Since that fateful decision, about four years ago, I've composed nearly 200 songs, recorded and produced the album Promise, and completed two novels (for which I am currently seeking representation).
In every research project I've ever worked on, I've always found people who are passionate about what they do. Often, they are so passionate, that the line between what they do and who they are becomes blurred. I've had the pleasure of interviewing coaches, stone-cutters, community activists, paleontologists, historians, soil scientists, archivists, teachers, etc. Mostly these are people laboring in relative obscurity. In our conversations, it is not so much what they say but how they say it, how they give themselves over to the subject matter in a way that compels you to want to join them.
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