A Little About Me

I like to say I studied, still study, at The University of Life. I learn from everything, and that’s the truth.

Musically, I’ve had the good fortune to study with amazing teachers, including: John Tavano of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Scott Kritzer of Portland, Oregon, the late maestro James Smith, Department Chair of the Classical Guitar Department at Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, and fingerstyle virtuoso Mark Hanson.

Joe Holaday of Newburyport is one of my teachers. I learn SO much about grooves and doing lead work at every session with him! He’s a very impressive bassist and guitarist, a kind and thoughtful instructor, and an all around wonderful human being.

Really, I learn from every musician I play with, and I like to think they learn something from me in return.

Writing, Editing, and Instructional Design – a background in programming and a love of telling stories led me to curriculum development and instructional design. Along the way I obtained both a Certificate in Training, Design and Development, and graduated from a two-year program at the Institute for Children’s Literature. Those two things have more in common than you would think. Just ask my former colleagues from Lotus Education and Kronos, Inc.

Art – It does seem that when I’m ready the appropriate teacher shows up. See the It’s The Little Things page for a peek at some of my Zentangle-Inspired Designs. Zentangle is what stoked up my artist fire. Within my blog pages you’ll find everything from pen and ink drawings to fractals to portraits of people, dogs, and horses to my “other worlds” and their associated stories.

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