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One of my childhood dreams was to be a writer. I pursued all of my other dreams first, for I felt I could achieve them without failure. I recently discovered I will not live as long as I had expected, and I don't want to live with regrets, for they only strive to replace my dreams.


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I composed in my head as a child, envisioning the words, even tunes to which those words could be played, in my favorite environment, the countryside where I lived, riding my horse in solitude, escaping up to the heavens to chat with God, inquiring why this, why that . . .

I am modest, humble, and feared no one would like my poetry or prose. I have always felt no one could possibly understand such verses I penned down. 

This past year, I discovered I have a chronic illness.  I shall turn 49 in December. This summer was also the 30th class reunion of the 1981 Sartell High School graduating class.  I had never attended one single reunion in 30 years, and this year was going to be different. I was going to go.  You'll see in a bit. 

 I reflected on my  past  and what dreams I had achieved--the easy ones, as I refer to them.  I felt I cheated myself because I settled for the easy dreams. I studied in France to finish my first B.A. in French Language and Literature (and subsequently completed three other degrees including my Master's). I had joined the Peace Corps, then U.S. AID, a life-changing five-year period in my life, and now for the "settling" part.  I became a college teacher.

This summer's class reunion brought to my mind, and not for the first time something has sparked this memory, a particular teacher in High School, to whom I attribute a lot of my perseverance and confidence in achieving my dreams--except this final one:  to write and to allow others to enter my mind, the same mind that molded a child 40 years ago, now mature and yet unchanged.  I want to contact this person, David Schwinghammer, to let him know that his influence throughout 30 plus years has left a mark on hundreds of students outside and inside the United States, through me.  I still recall specific English assignments that I have relayed and implemented, in addition to the fervor for writing and creativity he instilled in me. 

Birth Place
St. Cloud, MN U.S.A.
Accomplishments

RPCV
Student Voice Award Century College 2010



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