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About me

Industry Publishing
Occupation writer, journalist, indexer
Location Chautauqua, New York, United States
Introduction Now that I'm retired from my administrative work at UCLA, journalism has become my retirement career and writing my retirement pleasure. During the 9-week Chautauqua Institution summer season, I write a summary of the morning lecture each weekday for the Chautauquan Daily newspaper. "Off-season," I concentrate on my own writing, doing as little editing and indexing of others' writing as possible. In 2008, my former students from Accra Academy, now in their early 50s, endowed a scholarship for a science student at the school, as so many of these "old boys" (alumni) have pursued careers in science: doctors, engineers, dentists, a fisheries expert, etc. They named the scholarship the Alice R. O'Grady Award for Excellence in Science, as I was their science teacher, and gave me a round-trip ticket to return to Ghana to present the first award, which I did in September, 2008. Many teachers never know of the impact they have had on their students; I am very fortunate that I do. Also see my Web site at
Interests Africa, Travel, Singing
Favorite Movies Babe, Pretty Woman, Chicago, Casablanca
Favorite Music Just about anything by Bach, and Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols."
Favorite Books Just listened to a CD of "Water for Elephants, " and it's my current favorite.