|“We write to taste life twice.” —Anais Nin
Following a brief time in Maine, my wife, Aviva, and I finally settled in Boston in 1978—she to pursue her doctorate and I to seek permanent employment to support a new and growing family. Eventually I co-founded a successful commercial real estate firm, Corporate Space, Inc., where I served as Executive Vice President for over a decade. When the financial downturn occurred in the banking and real estate industry in 1990 and 1991, our company closed its doors. Personally, it was a godsend. For years I had been wanting to return to writing, but believed the opportunity had passed.
I remain grateful for the years I spent teaching, but attribute much of whatever insight and skill my writing may manifest to life experiences gained outside academia and in various jobs that include: cabinetmaker, short-order cook, lightning rod installer, florist, bartender, bellhop, general laborer in a glass factory, a steel mill, on highway construction, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
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