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D.L. McGee's Autobiography (submitted 5/16/06)
I never thought reading and writing, these two simple skills, would eventually help me get through this journey called "Life."
I watched my Dad read the Philadelphia Daily News every day and the Philadelphia Inquirer every Sunday. We watched the news every night at dinnertime and had family discussions about current events.
It was those times that educated me the most about life and the world we live in.
I would later learn to read the paper on my own and read many books in college. I discovered my passion for writing at an early age when I kept a diary--the kind with a key that you hid under your bed or your pillow as a child. I thought I would be a secretary or a nurse when I grew up--the typical female careers. Never did I dream that I would use my writing to make a living as a public affairs specialist and web content writer/editor.
I thank my parents for making me watch the news, so I knew what was going on in the world. In my old neighborhood, my Dad was called "Action News" because he always knew what was going on. He also was a community activist. And today, I am very community-oriented and civic-minded. Also, like him, I am a federal employee. Ironically, I work with the news media as a public relations practitioner. So, instead of always watching the news, I am helping to create it by pitching stories to the news media.
As you journey through life, remember these quotes: "Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world," and "It is never too late to be what you might have been."