In school I always had trouble with taking exams. Anxiety got in the way, and so my grades were not the best. When I was a senior at my British High School and looking to college, I prepared to sit scholarship exams to Southampton University. I wrote a paper on Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park”, and my English teacher, who was not accustomed to making favorable remarks, commented, “if you write like this you will win that scholarship!” My English teacher, affectionately known as “George”, was not the best teacher in the world but he did communicate his love for works of literature, especially Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and I picked up his enthusiasm. The upshot was that I did win a full scholarship to university, being one of ten selected from a field of 300 candidates!
Thus began my writing career. I have used my writing skill in various ways. At the Department of Health and Social Security in London in the early 1970s, I wrote daily summaries of newspaper articles for the public relations division. As a student I wrote hundreds of papers and essays, including dissertations for my Law degree and Doctor of Ministry degree. As a pastor I wrote weekly sermons and monthly newsletters for many years. In ecumenical work I wrote fund-raising letters for grants and appeals. And on a daily basis I have written in a journal for about thirty years.
I trained as a lawyer, worked as a minister for 33 years, and have been a counselor, retreat leader, meditation teacher, and writer along the way. My graduate education was done at Andover-Newton Theological School, through a Masters Degree and Doctor of Ministry degree. My most helpful continuing education experiences included retreats at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., and several classes on mysticism with Mark Burrows at Andover-Newton, as well as many years in spiritual direction.
I live in Attleboro, Massachusetts and came with my American bride, Jean, to the U.S.A. in 1974 from London, England. Jean and I met in London, but times were difficult in England in the early seventies and we decided to give New England a whirl! And what a dance it has been! My hobbies include gardening, model railroading, enjoying theater and classical and folk music, and visiting the world’s great art museums.