June 1995: I left university thinking Iím going to work at a newspaper or magazine. I ended up teaching journalism at the international school I graduated from. Thus started my career as an English teacher. Iíve taught history as well as literature and journalism, partly because Iím deeply interested in stories. I donít think you can immerse yourself in any one of those subjects properly without touching on the other two. Recalling people, places and events from history reminds us that the stories we are living now had beginnings we might have forgotten. Itís important, and sometimes fun, to remember them.
July 2011: Looking for an outlet for my craving to write, I stumbled upon BellaOnline and become its Literary Fiction editor. I thought I would easily be able to write a weekly article, but everyone knows an English teacherís workload is Herculean (and some might say Sisyphean)! Now, years later, some of my articles can still be read on that site. They are evidence of my history with BellaOnline, even though they will someday be overwritten.
April 2014: Writing was still very much a lure, so I found myself back here with potentially a whole new audience. I am replacing previous articles on my new site with original work, one week at a time.
Our stories are at once epic and episodic, intimate and universal. Ever since we started using the calendar (1752 if you speak English; later if youíre Russian or Greek), weíve had at least 365 stories a year to tell. Every day in history must be a significant day for someone somewhere in the world. I hope youíll like my retelling of a few of their stories.
If youíre viewing the articles on my site by subject, the most recent ones Iíve written will have five stars or flowers next to each of their titles:
If you have an idea for a story, feel free to send me your suggestion and set me off on the research for it, which Iím sure Iíll enjoy doing. The more obscure, the better!
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