At the age of seventeen, Mark Wildermann left college to work on a freighter. He eventually returned to land and earned a B.A. in English, which qualified him to work as a high school special education teacher, real estate agent, baker, and truck driver. After taking some time to explore his career choices, he enjoyed a fine, long stint at a small liberal arts college where he wandered the grounds as a campus safety officer on weekends and tutored students in the writing center during the week. While there he earned an M.Ed. in mental health counseling, which led him to counseling adults and families. He presently tutors students of all ages in a great place just a few miles from our backyard in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife Georgia in a house that was once a boat that was hauled ashore in the 1880s. In between shipping out at seventeen and shipping in at seventy-one, along with other writings, he's published an article and written a stage play and an award-winning screenplay about the most famous woman in the nineteenth century, who drowned tragically at the age of forty in a shipwreck, just over the horizon from our backyard. You can often find him and Georgia in their backyard, with a bucket of nuts and seeds, watching Little Bear running around with the Critters and Birds.Read more Read less
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