I was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina – a small town with a population of about 20,000. Its greatest claims to fame are being the:
- Town where Michael Jordan’s father was murdered in 1993;
- Poorest City in America according to a 2013 Yahoo! report; and
- Dumbest City in America according to a 2013 Lumosity survey.
Lumberton has over 100 restaurants and 100 churches, yet not a single (non-religious) bookstore.
Why do I share all of this unflattering information? Because these very factors drove me to read voraciously, learn hungrily, and teach myself to think outside the box. And even though I love the South and all the values it has instilled in me, I longed for something greater.
I have lived in New Orleans, Philadelphia, on Long Island, in Sydney, Australia and Ottawa, Canada, and after many years discovered there’s no place like home. I don’t have a college-degree to glisten and gleam on this About page, verifying my credentials. Yet my experience, knowledge base – and yes, even my smarts – are undeniable.