Recently arrived in Portland, Oregon. Recently retired from college teaching (drama, English literature, creative writing). Main passions: beauty, intelligence, humor, books, music, film, my kids and their kids, meditation (don’t just do something; sit there), social activism (don’t just sit there; do something), eccentric people and their stories, prisoners, Africa and its many peoples and cultures, Buddhism, Hinduism (especially a reverence for Mother Durga), the welfare of the planet and all the creatures on it, and (not to get too esoteric) pasta. Of the eight books I have written, five have been published. Of the thousands of stories and poems I have written, I don’t know–maybe thirty or forty–have been published. The great thing about my life now is that I don’t have to earn money if I can live frugally enough to survive on Social Security. That means I can now write what I really want to write and not bother about whether it is published or not. Gertrude Stein said, “You cannot write for both God and Mammon.” I find most of her proclamations hold up pretty well over time, so now that Mammon is out of the way, I wonder what I will write. I live to find out.