Most simply stated: I was born, have lived, and will die, yet the particulars of that existence fascinate us. Born in small-town Pennsylvania, I moved as an infant to New Jersey and grew up there, completing my undergraduate work in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. As a married adult, I moved to Arlington, Virginia and completed a Masters of Arts in Literature at The American University. I have two daughters and a son, all of whom I love passionately. I spent 15 years living and teaching in the Miami area and returned to Virginia in 2008. From my youth, I have been involved in social justice issues. I have cooked in soup kitchens, counseled in homeless centers, and built affordable housing for low-income families. Education, properly done, is the most liberating of human endeavors.