I am Tom Heeren and I've lived in Wichita, KS for the past twelve years. I was orginally from Nebraska where I grew up and went to school from a private school to high school, having graduating from Northwest High School in May 1984. I went to Nebraska Wesleyan University from August 1984 to May 1989 when I received a BA in English. I have worked in different jobs from an internist to civil servant in the early 1990s. In March 1995 I have decided to move to Wichita, KS to be close to my oldest brother and his family. Since December 6, 1996, I have been an office worker in the Volunteer Services and I enjoy the job very much. I do volunteer work at Via Christi Medical Center-St. Francis Campus each Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I am also a writer of short fiction for children and adults, essays, plays and poetry.
Life is hard for each of us but we always have our disabilities, both inner and outer. I have been deaf since birth as well as having cerebral palsy. I hate when prospective pen friends get turned off by reading about my disability. But, but I always believe in myself and use my disability to teach others as well to inspire others to respect all cultures with kindness and humilty. I hope my statement echoes out for you. I also believe all others are equal to God and humanity, of course!
Wichita, Kansas has 310,326 people and is in the southwestern part of Kansas. It has many special interests to visit such as Cow Town, a 1880s-style town, Wichita State University, Botanica Gardens and other places. To be honest, living in Wichita, KS can be boring at some times and fun at some times. I live in an apartment complex for people with disabilities called the Timbers Apartments which has been in operation for the past 26 years. Kansas is a flat state with many farms and beautiful country.
I enjoy travel (I've been to England, Scotland, Denmark, Canada and Sweden), reading history, internet news and fiction, renting historical drama and comedy videos and DVDs, having honest discussions about Life, spending time with my two young adult nieces and five nephews (age ranging from 16 years old to 4 years old); and last April, I am a great uncle to a new baby boy. I have written many short stories but I plan to submit one of them to a literary magazine someday. I also value a good and fun-filled discussion about Life with you as well as learning from each other via a different culture.