I have just starting writing poetry again in 2012 at the age of 66 after a 50 year hiatus.
Born and raised in West Texas in 1946, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.
Although I was an excellent student, I dropped out of high school as soon as I turned 17 and joined the Air Force, as I had a terrible relationship with my step-father.
I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.
We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school and got a B.S. degree in Radiologic Technology and then landed a job teaching it in St. Louis. I got an M.Ed. degree a few years later.
We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.
I was able to retire at the age of 60 and Toni did the same thing the next year. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.
My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.