About Me

 "We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chödrön


I have a Ph.D. in English and enjoy using my skills in university classrooms, prisons, and at schools for immigrants and refugees. I focus my compassion on those who are too often dismissed, ignored, and abused: prisoners, both children and adults; the elderly; immigrants and refugees; and non-human animals, the heart of my work.

I used to think I could change the world for the better. Some of what I did was productive, some, er, not so much. Ha! (N.B.: This second article contains some misinformation, but it gets the main ideas right). I own it all and always acted out of love - which brought me a surprising amount of vitriol.

Our culture often rewards complacency and punishes those with heart. However, if at day's end you know you've been honest in your actions and true to your cause, well, that's something to cherish. 

These days I live "under your boot-soles" trying to figure out what it means to really be a good person.