I grew up in a multi-ethnic community in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. I moved to the  multi-cultural city of Miami after high school.

I wrote poetry while in high school and drew illustrations. After moving  to Miami, I began writing more poetry and reading while studying great poets, writers, and artists. Reading became a way to dream and to escape. Writing became a way to express myself. Art enhanced my perspective on life.

I love to travel. I kept a travelogue and started photo-journals from all the places I visited. Learning about culture, literature, and art abroad gave me a greater appreciation and understanding of the world.

All the ideas of producing my craft came to fruition a few  years ago when I decided to blog. I have been writing ever since.

I have been influenced by the following writers: William Least-Heat Moon, August Wilson,  Walt Whitman, Jim Morrison, Jack Kerouac,  Donald Goines, J.D. Salinger,  and James Baldwin.

Illustrations: I have been drawing and painting since I was young. These are the artist that have made an impact on my illustrations: Keith Haring, Charley Harper, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Dorothy Bailey Stancato.

My motto for traveling: Make every place your place and  feel like a local.

My motto for living: Live Life to the Lees!

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