I am a child of deaf parents. My childhood home was quiet enough, but filled with familiar noises (stomping on a hardwood floor to get someone's attention is one). While my high school education in a small Missouri town was sorely inadequate, I was fortunate enough to find myself along the way. I became something of an autodidact, wanting to know about absolutely everything but hating the formality of education. I discovered 'way late in life that I was actually somewhat intelligent, and the creative elements in my occupational choices have kept me intensely interested. I’m a verbal, creative person who loves the language, the words, the wordplay.