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ABOUT Kevin Creager
I have been a school psychologist for 41 years, but a writer of some sort, for probably at least 50 years. When I wasn’t writing Christmas stories for my children, I was writing irreverent stories, poems, and articles for work in an attempt to maintain a spirit of fun in the office. I have “won” two awards for humor writing – one at a teacher’s conference when I won a humor-writing book for composing an advertising jingle, and the second, more prestigious one, as one of several local writers in a contest sponsored by the Clark County Library to write like Dave Barry, the renowned humor columnist, who was giving a talk at Kuss Auditorium. He told me I was his favorite author (which, if he was smart, he said to everyone).
My career as a school psychologist has been more varied. I have worked in an urban setting for 35 years, a village school system for three, a STEM Academy for six, and in rural county schools for the last three. That has involved children from two years of age to 22, with all the potential educational disabilities therein, as well as the entire range of family dynamics and expectations.
My personal interests are, of course, writing, traveling, not-gardening, reading, and collecting a few miscellaneous book series – various editions of The Mutiny On the Bounty (both the novels and nonfiction accounts; don’t get me started on discussing the real story), specialized editions of The Christmas Carol (including one that is a reproduction of Dickens’ original manuscript), and British first editions of Dick Francis’ mysteries. These just give me specific things to look for in old bookstores.
My first book is We Cuss a Little: The Life and Times of a School Psychologist. The title comes from a question asked of a parent regarding what language was spoken in the home. That answer told me much more than if they had just said “English.” So, the book is a collection of stories regarding interactions with students, parents, teachers, administrators, whoever else is left. In 2017, it was named as one of the nine essential books for a school psychologist’s bookshelf, primarily because it tells what happens in a laid-back, informal manner rather than a formal textbook laying out you are supposed to do certain activities.
My second book is a small-town mystery in the village of Summerfield, The Body On the Roof. A retired teacher’s body is found on the roof of her house one morning, and the entire police force of five has to solve what happened. The focus is on the town and its characters.
Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
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Looking for a place to swap blogs? Holly Bargo at Hen House Publishing is happy to reciprocate Blog Swaps in 2019.
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