Welcome to my Website!
I am an amateur genealogist and a professional teacher of literature. Both professions require me to also be a reader and a researcher.
I was lucky in that I started gathering my family's history early, beginning as many do by badgering parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunties for information. My questions were often vague; their memories were sometimes unreliable. Like most family historians, I regret that I did not ask enough informed questions when I had the opportunity. Also like most, I love the chase, the pursuit of elusive detail.
I have been teaching Literature and Writing for nearly twenty years, primarily at Vancouver Island University, a mid-sized West Coast teaching institution that fosters local and international community relationships. My goal in teaching is to nourish a desire for reading, inspire curiosity, and ignite the imagination.
This site, with two blogs "Reading Genealogical Fiction" and “Writing Family History,” brings the strands of my passions—literature and genealogy—together.