About

Grand Canyon of PA

One way to get to know me is to read what I’ve written. I share my thoughts on two blogs (Back to Basics or Today’s Walk). You can also browse through the pieces I’ve published via the portfolio page of my freelance writing website, TheWriteBeat.com.

Autobiography

I began my career in advertising; consulted to small businesses after the agency closed; trimmed down my services to just include writing; and expanded my ability to communicate by adding Nature printing to my portfolio.

As a professional freelance writer and author, I write to support readers who care, who understand that their lives make an impact. I honor their attempts to foster gratitude and respect. I remind them to trust their instincts and encourage them to notice the miraculous  life that surrounds them in Nature. My freelance writing niche favors ghostwriting, through which I tweak the sincere messages that others speak or draft to promote and build reader understanding. In this way, I sometimes consider myself not a writer, but a servant to communication.

pianoAs an amateur musician, I enjoy playing classical, folk, and other melodies on my most prized possession, a Boston studio piano. My mother is responsible for opening this door to self-expression for me. It was on her Philadelphia-made Betsy Ross spinet that I learned my lessons, the ones she bought for me, starting in the third grade until I was 18. Unlike many musicians, the ability to “play by ear” has escaped me. I am, however, adept at reading music, and I love exploring the endless world of written music. I value the sense of discovery gained with each new song, and I am glad to be able to easily match the tune played to the mood felt, whether it be happy, sad, energetic, slow, or otherwise. On the infrequent occasion my talent escapes the privacy of my piano room in order to entertain friends, I enjoy being witness to the transformation that comes when music is injected into the scene, especially when people of all abilities have the courage to sing or play along. In this way, I sometimes consider myself not a musician but a music-enjoyment facilitator.

My newly minted role as a Nature-print artist allows me communicate through imagery the awe that the ecosystem inspires. I subscribe to the notion that Nature needs our appreciation and respect in order to for it to continue to provide all that we need to survive. I strive to create prints that closely mirror the colors, textures, and other details of the original object. In this way, I consider myself not an artist but a translator.

Other personal influences have included my grandparents. The Pennsylvania Dutch community that shaped them favored the concept of “save and reuse.”  My farming ancestors were at the mercy of the land and weather. As immigrants, they learned to survive in America using their own skills and self-taught trades. They were, and I am, industrious, devout, self-sufficient, open to every shade of religious expression, and dedicated to wasting nothing.

In all my work, I strive to say what needs to be said while building a well-balanced, healthy environment for myself and others.

Memberships

I am a supporting member of the following organizations: