I was born and raised in a theatrical and multicultural family. Multiculturalism is a major focus in my life, although the seeds of recognizing that were planted when I, at 16, lived with the Oglala Sioux Indians in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. My first book, co-authored, and probably the most easily accessible now through my publisher, Caddo Gap Press Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Meeting the Challenge of Our Multicultural America & Beyond--won two state awards and one national award as well as a nomination for the National Association for Multicultural Education Book of the Year award. (I've recently learned Amazon.com also has the book available as well.) My work with multicultural education has earned me the honors of being the only commercial, non-PhD writer on the editorial board of an educational journal. In addition, I've worked online in a seminar called a Zemi, as a kind of co-teacher with Iwao Shinjo of Japan and his university students, teaching the students English and multicultural education.