In answer to the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I invariably answered I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. My parents, just as invariably shook their heads, keeping their fingers crossed that I’d grow out of the idea. I didn’t.
For about 20 years, I worked as a reporter for several Massachusetts newspapers, covering government and politics, and environmental issues. Along the way I dabbled as a music critic, chess columnist, and landed some magazine assignments.
I changed course in the early 1990s to pursue another interest, working as a teacher-naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for several years. Then a friend asked if I would be willing to substitute teach. I had no classroom experience, and I hadn’t had all that much contact with children. But I did anyway, and as it turned out I enjoyed it. Next thing I knew, I was being offered a full-time position, teaching English. Throughout all this, I’d missed writing, and kept telling myself I’d get back to it some day.
After some shuffling around in my school district because of budget cuts, I was reassigned to teach something called Technology Education and cut back to part-time. I came across the Digital Journal website, read the information about becoming a Digital Journalist, and decided to take the plunge. So here I am.
In my spare time, I play chess and co-host a monthly cable television program – “Chess Chat.” And depending on the season, I go hiking, cycling, camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, and skiing.