My passion is history, especially the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up variety. I’m intrigued by the notion some people have about its value—or lack thereof. Most of us know a variation of George Santayana’s statement, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But not paying attention to it, and learning from it, have led us to live in what Winston Churchill called “the most thoughtless of ages. Every day headlines and short views.” I believe it’s time to pay attention.
For more than twenty-five years I have have been a self-employed writer, designer and college educator (BA, MEd, and TEFL). I have written several historical plays include Rex, about Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King who talked to his dead mother at séances; Flora, about journalist, suffragette and bon vivant Flora Macdonald Denison; All That Glitters about the mysterious past of Chicago-born Yukon Gold Rush pioneer Martha Black; In The Bedrooms of the Nation about the sensational 1936 trial of Dorothea Palmer, accused of disseminating birth control information; and the book and lyrics for a musical about the War of 1812. I also won a CBC Radio playwriting competition and on-air production for my play, Millennium Madness. My interest in Armenia grew from my four international development assignments there, following which I self-published The Dark Triumph of Daniel Sarkisyan, a young adult novel about a survivor of the Armenian genocide.