I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, high school, and graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few New Zealand high schools on and off from 1969 till 2006. I travelled to England and France in the early 1970s. I lived and taught English in Grenoble for a couple of years. Here, I spoke French most of the time, but also had time to buy and read many French novels in paperback. The novelist, Stendhal, was from Grenoble and lived there most of his life. I first read Stendhqal's novel, 'Le Rouge et le Noir' ('The Scarlet and the Black') in Grenoble. I rate this novel highly.
On return to New Zealand I had two poems accepted by Literary Arts Press, Los Angeles. After that, I did not write any more for years. poems. I went teaching in the South Island, and a few North Island towns.
I lived for twenty-four years in West Auckland, 1992-2016. There I had experience of teaching English to adult students in language schools. I lived alone, still do.
In 2011, I did a computer course at New Lynn library, and started typing my own poems.
In 2016 I moved back to Wanganui where, surprisingly, my writing seemed to improve.
My main leisure interest is reading, library books and others that I buy. I prefer nonfiction and poetry anthologies. Without reading, I don't think I could have progressed as a writer. I watch DVDs, and sometimes I can base a poem on them. I like pop music DVDs also.
I have had a lifelong interest in physical fitness. In New Lynn I joined a gym, where I got a lot from the treadmill, the exercycle, with some weight training on machines. I wrote a poem about this. Going for a long walk can clarify my thoughts and give me ideas for writing.
Life And Death.
I know, or I think I know, where I was born.
New Plymouth, a city with two sprawling cemeteries,
where I found my grandparents' gravestones at last,
but they were covered in gray lichen and moss.
The kindly sexton said she would spray the gravestones
and I will go back to see them cleaned and clarified.
My grandparents were always there for me.
My grandfather taught me table manners, sternly.
He and I used to watch the cricket at Pukekura Park
then we would wander around the lake,
seeing the sleek canoes gliding on the surface.
I loved to hear the fountain playing on and off.
I thought that death may not be the end,
when I found their graves last weekend.
In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.
'Life is not fair. Nothing is fair'.
In a hospital, the doctor has power: the patient has none. This is symbolized by a patient lying helpless on a bed, while the doctor stands and talks to him.
'Good evening. You're speaking with the world's greatest'.
'Having performed a task means having become eternal'.
'But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer'.
'A human life does not cease to have meaning right up until the last breath'.
'I remember good deeds that people do to me. I do not bear grudges for too long'.
'I have not been to a movie at the cinema for many years. I have not read any novels by Thomas Kenneally, Jeffrey Archer, Stephen King, or Dan Brown. I found 'The Da Vinci Code' so boring that I did not finish it. I think that J.K.Rowling's novels about Harry Potter rely too much on fairies, elves, and hobgoblins, which are completely outdated now. I tried to read 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', by Stieg Larsson, but it did not appeal to me.
'A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving'.
'He who conquers others is strong: He who conquers himself is mighty'.
'I am thankful to have reached retirement age and a pension, when so many others did not.'
I will always prefer to live close to the sea and a harbor. Inland cities do nothing for me now.