Lux et umbra vicissim, sed semper amor.

"Light and shadow by turns, but always love." Copyright 1987 by Helen Cresswell

Welcome, and I hope you'll explore my web site, which was created during a course I took in 2001. Part of the website contains required elements and my students' assignments; the rest is more or less personal data-- built not only as part of the course, but because I like html.

If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed.

But we are more than logical.

We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.

~Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Anyone interested in Pompeii should click on the nuntius!

For a great source for prefixes, suffixes and roots, click on

the Capitoline Wolf!

Favorite Internet Sites

Perhaps my favorite site on the Web is the homepage our our discussion group for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, where I serve as a moderator of this group of over 3000 fans of her writing.
Another favorite is A.Word.A.Day. I still send Latinate words to my former students and those who ask for them.

I also love to sing , whether I were in class or out. An alto II, I wrote grammar songs for my students, and I'm music librarian and sing in the Chancel Choir at church. Those creative outlets are a necessity!

Click on the helmet to see Latin Club pictures -- I advised the Club until I retired in 2014.

Click on the mortarboard to see pictures of our 2014 Commencement! Latin IV in 2007 was the first class in over 50 years!

1976 Volare Motor Trend Car of the Year...

My son's 1977 Volare and the 1977 Thunderbird which I donated to the Salvation Army in 2012...

Click on Justin Hayward's picture or the Volare emblem!

My favorite songwriter/guitarists

Email me!

Click on the stone circle to read the Vita I was required to write for my Internet course.

I grew up in Pittsburgh. Click on the trolley and token
for some nostalgia from The Steel City!

Click here to view Kurt's SU Commencement pictures!
In 2008 he received his M.A. from Point Park University, and is a freelance copywriter. He's also a CrossFit instructor and manager of his gym in Hoboken.

Click here to see Juli's MU Commencement pictures, right below Kurt's. She received her M. Mus. from
The Eastman School of Music in 2011 and worked on her doctorate at LSU for three semesters
before transferring to Stony Brook University on Long Island. She's tired of school and now plays for four orchestras and ensembles.

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not spend my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

~Jack London

Click on the lily of the valley below for some family pictures and our genealogy!