I was raised in a small town in north Texas, and went on to teach in the inner city of San Antonio. You name it, I’ve taught it. After earning a Ph.D. in instructional design and media I tried the world of corporate training for a few years, but then happily came back to academia.
As a professor of education, I taught instructional media design, educational psychology, and prepared prospective teachers. Loved it for decades, then woke up one day to realize I’d done everything I wanted to do in my chosen career.
My dad used to tell me, “Find what you love, and what you’re good at, and chances are, they’ll be the same thing.” My problem was always that I loved doing a lot of things. I’ve spent a lifetime figuring out how to do them all at the same time.
I’d shelved all my musical activities when I went in to academics. So when I finally released a CD, in 2008, what else could I title it but Slightly Overdue? Music, lyrics and vocals are mine, and you’ll find folk, jazz, Latin and pop styles, along with themes of women’s issues, social justice, and of course, Life and Love, in their various forms.
For a late starter, I’ve had some great experiences. In 2008, I had the opportunity to perform one of my songs, “Darfur Lullaby”, on the National Mall in Washington D. C., which was a particular thrill. In 2009, “Santa, Won’t You Bring me a Valentine?”, was a winner in the Great American Song Contest.
These days I pretty much take the pinball machine approach to my creative projects, bouncing from piano to laptop, music to fiction to poetry, from suitcase & passport to laundry and errands and lunch with girlfriends, to whatever muse is whispering to me in the moment.
I try to do some good along the way. Proceeds from the sale of Slightly Overdue and Santa, Won’t You Bring me a Valentine?, go directly to support a home for displaced girls in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.