"To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?" — Katharine Graham
"Figure out what you care about and live a life that shows it." — John Hoyt
Having taught English courses at Trinity University for five decades, clearly I value being an instructor at an institution that attracts students with intellectual promise, self-discipline, and a desire to make this world a better one.
My students regularly tell me that my focus in my teaching is to introduce them to literature that deals with dark subjects so that I can stress that bad things happen and that we, as privileged, enlightened, educated humans must persevere, prevail, and make a positive difference, no matter what.
I serve annually as master of ceremonies for the Cancer Research and Therapy Center's Book and Author Luncheon, their primary fundraiser, and I lead book discussions in "classes" at Gemini Ink twice each year. Beyond that, I offer my services as speaker for other organizations whose work I value, such as the San Antonio Public Library.
I have also agreed to write a monthly column this coming academic year for the Trinitonian.
The two regrets of my life so far are that (1) I didn't have a dog until I was 35 and (2) I didn't have a cat until I was 52. I now have three indoor cats, four toy poodles, and a rescued Schnauzer. I reside in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, teach at a remarkable institution of higher learning, and, in spite of my advanced seniority, continue to be blessed with good health and much energy, and to love what I do.