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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.

Background Information

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.

Student Voice Award Century College 2010

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