Born and raised in So. Illinois in a country village, and attended Southern Illinois University. Promptly left to attend University of San Diego School of Law. I've practiced continuously since 1977. I have operated my own Employment Law practice in Orange County continuously since 1996. I represent employees exclusively in matters of wrongful termination discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation, as well as wage & hour disputes. My passion, my gift, and my calling are writing, and I pursue that "calling" in my profession and as a creative avocation.
I'm passionate about writing as a craft and art. I am late to the process, but learning the craft brings great satisfaction.
What if we embraced out common dilemma: we're in a mess of our own making with no human way out? What if we found a way to strip religion of religiosity, and law of detachment from ethics and morality? What if we saw and believed that "things" are never just "things" but metaphors pregnant with spiritual life and meaning? What if we valued poetry and art more than bombs and power? What if we valued simplicity and service before social status? What if we loved God and loved others? Jesus modeled the answers to these questions.
Talk to me about your view of the world. Why are you here, what do you bring into the world that is uniquely "you"? What are you doing that gives you the greatest spiritual satisfaction?
People don't know that I'm good at telling a great story, on the fly, with almost no truth to the story at all, or that after a hard day, I enjoy El Pollo Loco "take-out" and a glass of wine with TV.
I have always been a poet. I realized recently, by reason of flashbacks, that this poetic predilection has been a part of my family's DNA. My mother and sister wrote poetry and accumulated it right up until the time of their deaths. My mother wrote a final poem in the hospital the night before a fatal surgery 40 years ago. Our family was both beautiful and beastly. We were not healthy emotionally, but our unhealthy emotions were the compost for our dramatized writing. As I think back, I'm not sure our poetry would have emerged from anything less aromatic. Now, there is this one part of me that is ever "true": my poetry. From it derives a truth that is like a coring drilled into the raw material of life, and brought to the surface for examination. It is as if the truth stands apart from me, and I only discover it, introduce it, allow it to be observed awhile. Yet, it is extracted from the stuff that is my life, and so inescapably "me." This "me" is actually an illusion of us.
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