I retired from the formal working world in May 2016. That doesn't mean I don't
work, it means I don't work for someone else any more. After 20 years in the
U.S. Army and 20 more years in Civil Service, it was time to devote all of my
time and effort to the personal projects I've always categorized as "someday."
I spend six to eight hours every day working on Internet sites and other
long term projects with Sondra. We are currently focused on publishing
tycollector.com and planning a small
museum featuring all of the Ty plush product lines.
I began to write short stories and poetry at age ten. Seeming to have a talent for it, I considered a career
as a writer. Around age 20 however, I concluded my mother was right when she told me I would never be able to earn a living writing poetry. I gave up
on poetry and started different pursuits better suited to ensuring a roof over my head and food on the table.
Now, after 20 years in the Army, three years of self-employment, three years
as a human resources manager, 20 years in civil service, two divorces and years
of travel overseas, Iím not writing poetry any more; I'm documenting Ty plush products.
Sondra and I are the greatest team imaginable. She is my best friend, my partner
in a variety of business endeavors and the inspiration for almost everything I do.
Together we have published several sites on the Internet; edited and
published a poetry anthology with selected works by featured poets from our
Webstatic Internet site (now inactive); earned our psychology degrees at the same time from
University of Maryland; managed and run our own
book publishing business; and plan to build and manage a small Ty plush museum in a few years.
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