I am married to Barbara and we have three grown children who have families of their own.
I started my working life at a manufacturing chemists where I met Barbara. From there I worked in pre-stressed concrete modules, steel erecting and a few other jobs while I was studying for my degree in Psychology and Art. After graduation I worked in relationship counselling and at a secure unit for adolescent children whose lives had been blighted in one way or another. I had always been interested in finding practical ways of making psychology relevant in the workplace. I joined a major international company and began a program of training the managers in transactional analysis. This allows more productive and less confrontational forms of interaction.
I started writing poetry in 1984 but then lost the urge to write. After many years my granddaughter Emily inspired me to start again, and now it has become a very big part of my life. My first book, "All that Rhymes with Love," was published in March 2010. My second is, "Love is a Dreamer" and was published in November 2010. The third book in the series is, "The Echo of Heartbeats" and was launched in May 2011. Now available in paperback or PDF download, from Lulu publishing and from all book sellers in 6 to 8 weeks.
I derive a great deal of pleasure from poetry, both in writing and in the belief that there are those who get enjoyment from reading my efforts.
They who draw noble delights from sentiments of poetry are truly poets, though they have never written a line in all their lives.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.