Ralph’s attitudes and opinions were cast and tempered by his unique life experiences – first, growing up in a large family in a fundamentalist church organization in central New Jersey, later breaking out of this sheltered life to attend Rutgers University and find his true calling as an educator. Prior to this he worked at a variety of jobs which included hoeing weeds, painting houses, working on auto and television assembly lines, cleaning offices, typing and filing, mixing dyes, distributing truck parts and doing accounting. His education career, for which he did postgraduate work at Rutgers, Harvard and Arizona State, began in New Jersey and took him to Arizona, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Kuwait and Turkey. While overseas he was able to travel extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He is now retired and living in Scottsdale, Arizona and Dorset, Vermont. His writing has consisted of professional work for boards, parents and teachers and accounts of travel for relatives and friends. He looks forward to finally writing what’s on his mind.