Writing has been a passion for me since I was in high school. In college, I wanted to be a journalist. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Communications, I embarked on an eight-year career in print media. This was followed by a 15-year career in marketing, where I still was able to write, but it was more technical because of the company I was working with. I am currently a candidate for the MBA program at Southern Oregon University, which means APA format. In other words, I am well-versed in many styles, tones, and techniques. Below is a sampling. I will add to it as I create more. The "Rising SONS" article was a small sampling that is currently being written for an upcoming book. I hope to have it published before the program's 100th anniversary.  

Getting the Fenway experience was a thrill

Published August 18, 2002. Mail Tribune

Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to the grand old city of Boston.

They come to see historical sites like Paul Revere's house, Faneuil Hall, the U.S.S. Constitution or walk the Freedom Trail.

There is plenty to do in Beantown for the wayward traveler and a lot of history to digest, but for me, there was just one thing I wanted to see: Fenway Park.

Not just see it, mind you, but actually experience one of baseball's most fabled ballparks. READ MORE


Rising SONS

Published September 1, 2002. Mail Tribune

You have just arrived in the tiny town of Ashland after accepting the position of athletic director and coach at the new teacher's college.

It's a quaint little place, with a few stores, a railroad depot, and a lot of farmland. A good place to raise a family. Start a new life.

Once you make your way to the new campus on the southern end of town, you realize there is only one building surrounded by 18 acres of meadows and madrone trees. There is no athletic facility, no playing field of any kind. Heck, there is not even a hint of a football program.

Now, if you're Roy McNeal, you think to yourself no sweat. After all, you started a successful athletic program at Albany College in 1917. You did the same at Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., in the mid-1920s.

But Southern Oregon State Normal School, which opened the doors of a newly constructed campus in 1926, is a two-year school specifically geared toward teaching. Not a lot of men are looking to become teachers in 1927, which means the majority of the approximately 350 students are female. READ MORE