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I am a sixty-two year old retiree with small literary ambitions. I consider myself
more of an essayist than a fiction writer, but the urge to be creative produced
"Evening Encounter." I was raised in Michigan of blue collar parents, the youngest
of five children. I earned a bachelor degree in literature at the University of
Michigan (Dearborn campus) in 1967 and an MBA in Management at
Central Michigan University in 1977. I invested thirty-one years in
automobile manufacture, made a very good living, enjoyed many
achievements, made a few lifelong friends and, yet, never felt embraced by
any of it. I'm married twice (twenty years and sixteen years with a three year
hiatus between). I've survived (six years) cancer of the tongue and so far a
few months of prostate cancer surgery. I also had a heart attack in 1987. I
have grandchildren, a full life ahead of me (I hope) and a desire to grow in
my writing ability.