This page discusses my professional passions. For examples of my specific professional output, please click on LINKS TO WRITINGS here or above .
Eclectic writing in my world means showcasing a potpourri of topics that can be approached using a variety of techniques. I concentrate on subject matter that has special meaning for me. I encourage other contributors to do likewise.
As a person with a disability who was himself an abused child, I want this eclectic website to include exposure to and solutions for the plight of people with disabilities and victims of abuse –– especially children and animals, for, platitudinous as this sounds, “they have no voice, they have no choice.”
My article titled “Children on the Outskirts” is intended to serve as an anchor for similar articles by others and myself concerning issues affecting children.
As an animal rights advocate, I’m particularly excited about the article titled “An Excellent Fit,” designed to help promote the passing of a law in Nebraska that mandates animal abandonment as a felony. The law passed. Now, we need to expand our lobby to a national (and even international) landscape.
In welcoming articles that include the victories of persons with disabilities, this website also hopes to champion those elderly people who are proving that life can truly become more exciting as you age –– especially when people believe they have “miles to go before [they] sleep,” and are grateful to posses and share decades of wisdom that was lacking in youth.
As a guy who’s getting no younger himself, many of my own writings deal with the accomplishments of the elderly. Having earned two masters degrees after the age of 50, I can testify that it’s never too late to change the direction of one’s life, that those who start late can rise to as high a level of achievement as those who started on time.
The eclectic will also include articles about homelessness (again, instigated by personal background). My animals and I came “this close” to becoming street urchins in 1998. With lots of prayers we slid through the storm.
Thus, as with most writers, my professional interests mostly stem from personal happenings in my purple past. And though I’ve never been in prison (yet), I would welcome writings that concern prison reform.
Having left Nebraska for New York City, I can testify that it’s much easier to write about your past when you distance yourself by hundreds of miles. Currently, I’m writing a collection of nonfiction short stories (tentatively titled Tommy’s Mind), and I can’t believe how unambiguous my memory has become now that I can look back at Nebraska from another place.
For specifics about my professional life, see the section titled “Resumé.”