Sixty-four year old Ron Gillette enjoys learning to write well and doing the research for that writing. He entered the work force in the United States at age 11, assisting the county agent in testing cow milk. Barely graduating from high school, he left with the experience of working in a café washing dishes and bussing tables. He worked at the local 24 hour gas station when attendants checked tires, oil, water, and pumped 32¢ per gallon gasoline. He stomped, pitched, and hauled bales of hay and picked cherries. Ron enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard and left home. His 26 year career took him to Alaska, the Philippines, Vietnam, Washington DC, St. Louis, and back to Alaska where he left active duty. Over the next decade he negotiated labor contracts for the state of Alaska, worked for the U.S. Navy as a paralegal, ran a consulting business, became an administration point person for the Transportation Security Administration, and worked for both the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Census Bureau until he turned to writing full time.
Along the way Ron earned a BS degree. He gained lot of experience in dealing with people and an interest in listening and learning from others. He and his spouse reside south of Portland, Oregon, USA where they enjoy both the rain and sunshine.
Ron’s opinions and thoughts are influenced by his extensive travel, extensive reading, and continuing education. His choice of essays and posts are selected by what interests him the most and what he believes is most important.