Author Don Morreale experienced a pivotal moment while still in junior high at Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan. The son of a US Army chaplain, Morreale was educated in State Department schools on military bases in Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and all over the US. One Friday afternoon, he was assigned a punishment essay by his English teacher, Mrs. Boswell, for smarting off in class. He spent the weekend writing it, and the following Monday, he handed it in. Mrs. Boswell read it and asked him to stay after class.
"Did you write this?" she asked.
"Yes ma'am," he replied.
"All by yourself?"
"This isn't bad," she said. "Have you ever considered becoming a writer?"
As a matter of fact, he had not. But with those words, a seed was planted that would bear fruit years later. During his senior year in high school, something compelled him to begin keeping a journal, and it wasn't long before writing became an all-consuming passion. What Morreale had discovered in the simple act of putting pen to paper was nothing less than a vehicle for self-discovery and a means of personal transformation. He'd also discovered his life's calling.
He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Religions from the University of Denver, and a Master's in creative writing from Denver University College. A lifelong practitioner of Buddhist meditation, he is the author of two books on Buddhism in America.
As a freelance writer, he has published essays in Tricycle, Shambhala Sun, Inquiring Mind, and Azuria--The Australian Literary Annual. His essays have also appeared in the books "Let Them Eat Crepes" (Lulu, 2010) and "The Miraculous 16th Karmapa" (Shang Shung Publications, 2013). He was also a contributing editor to the book "Knee Deep In Grace" (Present Perfect Books, 2003).
In 2009 Morreale began writing articles for the online newspaper Examiner.com about ordinary Coloradans who'd had pivotal moments of their own. A year later the Denver Post began publishing them in their weekly YourHub supplement. His most recent book, "Cowboys, Yogis, and One-Legged Ski Bums" is a collection of some of his favorites.