I am Dale Parsons and this is my lovely wife of nearly fifty years, Mary. Mary and I met while working on a musical in high school. We have one daughter and triplet sons, a son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. We love our family dearly.
Maggie is our eleven-year-old mini-goldendoodle. She is a loving and faithful companion whose capacity for fun is endless. Our house looks like we have a toddler. Maggie’s toys are everywhere.
We are both retired. Mary was a middle school teacher for over twenty years and I was the middle school counselor. It was great fun for Mary and I, and our daughter to work in the same building for five years.
I’ve been writing for many years. I had a weekly column in a newspaper with a circulation of fifty thousand for two years. I wrote articles and curricula for a church denomination that was distributed across the country and around the world.
I wrote three non-fiction books. “Camp’s Over, Now What?” is about emotional religious experiences at youth camp that don’t last. “The Good, The Bad, and The Funny”, is about our experience in the prosperity-faith movement. “One Plus One Equals Three”, is about the birth and early life of our triplet sons.
While I was a counselor I wrote a daily inspiration for our students called, “Words to Build On,” which was part of our morning announcements. Each day I concluded with, “Be respectful, be responsible, and remember that what you do every day is creating a roadmap for your future.” I believe that.
I write about all kinds of things, most of it isn’t serious. “Scandal at Maple Valley” is based on my HO scale model railroad. “Smivey Stepward in Love and Other Misery” is a middle grade novel I worked on for twelve years.
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Licensed Professional Counselor
Master’s Degree in Educational and Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.
Completed middle-grade novel of 57,000 words, “Smivey Stepward”. Weekly newspaper column, published many times in religious curricula, blogger.
Completed teacher certification in Social Studies and Psychology at Saginaw Valley State University. Thirteen years in middle school public education.
Thirty-one years in ministry before going into education.