Dale Tucker, a native of California, spent much of his early childhood in Palo Alto and Fresno before his family relocated to north-central Idaho in the late 1960s.
Over the next four decades, he would graduate high school, raise a family, complete a bachelor’s degree in English, and explore several career paths, including music store manager, church minister, abstract painter, and museum curator.
Dale Tucker was also a college instructor and taught English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education courses at a community college in Clarkston, Washington. He also worked in a bakery, cooked for a restaurant, pulled coffee as a barista, exhibited his fine art paintings in galleries regionally, and, for several years, organized a popular coffeehouse lecture series known as the Latte Talks.
2006 marked the re-focus of Tucker’s artistic energies as he transitioned from abstract painting to literary fiction. Themes of interest to Tucker, both in painting and in writing, have been the nature of family, poverty, simplicity of living, and spirituality.
Dale Tucker is now retired and spends much of his time writing, cooking, and Nature-watching at his cottage in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He shares a simple and happy life with his soulmate, Kathryn, and their Manx cat, Dill.
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And For A More Personal Introduction —
I have been told I over-think things, but at least I think about them. I am a stubborn anti-multitasker which means I do one thing at a time. I’m a tireless worker when the work interests me but an insufferable procrastinator when it doesn’t. I ask too many questions because I love learning. I enjoy the company of others but in small doses. I can’t breathe without a certain amount of solitude. I distrust authority mainly because it has never proven trustworthy. I believe in undying loyalty but not blind loyalty. I spring from peasant roots of which I am proud.
I love deeply, without reservation. I love peace but will stand up for the downtrodden. My heroes are John Ball, Robert Kett, and Gerrard Winstanley. Henry David Thoreau is my favorite author. My favorite work by him is “Wild Apples.” Trees are my bards; birds are my minstrels; and Nature my guru. The designation of “family” comes with the obligation of being good company—that which is enjoyable and not tedious. But family, is a relationship not determined by blood; it is determined solely by how individuals accept and treat each other.
I am disgusted by smugness, entitlement, and narrow mindedness. I accept religion where it is merciful, righteous, and loving. I embrace both mushy love and firm responsibility. I believe that greed is a symptom of psychological poverty and generosity is the true indicator of wealth. I believe that children should play outside and don’t need cell phones or electronic devices. I believe everyone should dream at night and during the day whenever possible.
There’s more I can say, but I think you’ve gotten a picture of who I am. I take it for granted you know I’m a writer. My genre is literary fiction. Two of my favorite jobs, aside from writing, have been managing a music store and teaching international adult students English. Yep, now I’m certain I’ve said enough.