I have about three careers going all at once.
The journalism career is every now and then when I write a column called "Inside Track" about Mideast politics.
The ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language) career focuses more on second language acquisition research and consultancy. People just are not learning language and I am doing my best to help them over the hurdles. I wrote a textbook for Ts and learners called "ESL/EFL. . .Forever!". It's pretty state-of-the-art as my approach shuns translation from the mother tongue and maximizes the use of both sides of the brain to boost first short-term and then long-term memory. Hence the word "Forever!" in the title.
The writing career is in the making. Finally, after all these years, I seem to have found a "voice." My favorite work is writing stories for "Christopher Robins". . .five-year-olds. Some of my stories are used to teach English as a Second Language. Learners can act them out. This develops linguistic fluency as well as self-confidence and promotes errors as a positive experience: as a window to the brain.
I also write for theater and "Stealing Vesuvius", a farce, was produced a long time ago in 1994 the same week as my birthday (!) at a little theater run by the NY Conservatory for the Arts near Woodstock, NY. It was one of those flukes in life; everyone knows how difficult it is to have a show produced. But I love to write to make people laugh for an hour and a half and people actually did laugh! Now that's a miracle! In my own small way, I believe it contributes to healing the world. That's a heavy, tall order so that's why I like to focus on farce and keep it light. I am working on two new farces, an opera libretto, and a film script. This is what I've always dreamed of doing. It's nice being impractical after having worked very very hard ssince I was 16 years old.
I also write poetry, my first love. I had to give up the violin, so poetry satisfies this musical vein running through the marble of my life. I am giving my second poetry reading May 10, 2016 from two collections, one old, one new. The old collection is called "Sensing Worlds of Worlds." The new collection which I am still working on is called &Directions: