Passion, Prose, and Poetry: Georgian Court Alumni Channel Passions into the Written Word

Authors Robert Tanner III, Catherine Duggan, Stephen Peacock, Victoria Porcello Meghdi, and Francis Gregory Pasch have all gone on to live interesting and creatively fruitful lives since graduating from Georgian Court.

By Kristi Rosa ’14

By channeling their passions and professions into the written word, these five published writers have all managed to significantly contribute to the literary world. With genres ranging from nonfiction to self-help and spiritual enlightenment, all readers can partake in the educational benefits that their works offer, and at the same time, lose themselves in good stories.

OutlawRobert Tanner III ’09, a United States Marine Corps veteran, obtained his M.B.A. from GCU and now acts as a business systems analyst with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he is the author of Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox, a memoir that provides readers with insight into the life of a Marine Corps infantryman stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, serving as part of the elite Delta Company Outlaws. In an interview with 92.7 WOBM, Mr. Tanner confesses: “Aside from the therapeutic aspect, I also wanted to keep the memory of my brothers alive. The sacrifices our service members make on a daily basis needs to be known by all, and my book helps give a peek into what those sacrifices entail.” Additional information can be found on Mr. Tanner’s Web site.

 

 

 

laws-of-irelandCatherine Duggan, Esq., ’69 went on to earn her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and now practices law as a member of the State Bar of California. The idea for her book, The Lost Laws of Ireland: How the Brehon Laws Shaped Early Irish Society, originated when she stumbled upon a reference to Brehon law in one of her Celtic art books. When asked about her writing process, she explains, “Most of the articles on Brehon law were written by philologists and historians. I had to take their research on this arcane subject and analyze it from a legal standpoint, and then write it in a way that would make it interesting to the modern reader.” Her book focuses on themes that are significant to any reader, including equity, fairness, and women’s rights, and provides a window into early Irish society.

 

 

 

GarlandVictoria Porcello Meghdir ’69 received her B.A. from Georgian Court and went on to serve as an educator in New Jersey for 30 years. A devotee of philosophy and cultures, she recently incorporated her passions into a self-help book entitled Garland of Flowers: A Philosophy of Romance. Her book, based on real experiences, explains how to attain and maintain a healthy relationship, delves into the idea of “emotional awakening,” and promotes the idea of unconditional love.

 

 

 

 

Double VisionThe devotions and poetry of Frances Gregory Pasch ’55 have been published hundreds of times in various denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations over the past 30 years. Her book Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life through Devotions and Poetry was published in December 2013. Her book offers readers an “eternal perspective” on life and stresses how God speaks to people through everyday objects and routine activities.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Peacock ’08 has been very busy since graduating from GCU. He is a Lakewood High School English teacher, actor, voice-over artist, and writer. His true-crime memoir Play Dead, Roll Over describes how his pursuit of a career with the New York Police Department came to an abrupt end after getting shot by a retired cop. He was a finalist in Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s Anger & Revenge writing contest in 2011 and had an excerpt of his memoir published in Gravel: A Literary Journal ’s Summer 2013 issue. Below, he shares one of his works.

 

Contributing writer Kristi Rosa ’14 is an English major at Georgian Court University.

Authors Robert Tanner III, Catherine Duggan, Stephen Peacock, Victoria Porcello Meghdi, and Francis Gregory Pasch have all gone on to live interesting and creatively fruitful lives since graduating from Georgian Court.

By Kristi Rosa ’14

By channeling their passions and professions into the written word, these five published writers have all managed to significantly contribute to the literary world. With genres ranging from nonfiction to self-help and spiritual enlightenment, all readers can partake in the educational benefits that their works offer, and at the same time, lose themselves in good stories.

OutlawRobert Tanner III ’09, a United States Marine Corps veteran, obtained his M.B.A. from GCU and now acts as a business systems analyst with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he is the author of Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox, a memoir that provides readers with insight into the life of a Marine Corps infantryman stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, serving as part of the elite Delta Company Outlaws. In an interview with 92.7 WOBM, Mr. Tanner confesses: “Aside from the therapeutic aspect, I also wanted to keep the memory of my brothers alive. The sacrifices our service members make on a daily basis needs to be known by all, and my book helps give a peek into what those sacrifices entail.” Additional information can be found on Mr. Tanner’s Web site.

 

 

 

laws-of-irelandCatherine Duggan, Esq., ’69 went on to earn her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and now practices law as a member of the State Bar of California. The idea for her book, The Lost Laws of Ireland: How the Brehon Laws Shaped Early Irish Society, originated when she stumbled upon a reference to Brehon law in one of her Celtic art books. When asked about her writing process, she explains, “Most of the articles on Brehon law were written by philologists and historians. I had to take their research on this arcane subject and analyze it from a legal standpoint, and then write it in a way that would make it interesting to the modern reader.” Her book focuses on themes that are significant to any reader, including equity, fairness, and women’s rights, and provides a window into early Irish society.

 

 

 

GarlandVictoria Porcello Meghdir ’69 received her B.A. from Georgian Court and went on to serve as an educator in New Jersey for 30 years. A devotee of philosophy and cultures, she recently incorporated her passions into a self-help book entitled Garland of Flowers: A Philosophy of Romance. Her book, based on real experiences, explains how to attain and maintain a healthy relationship, delves into the idea of “emotional awakening,” and promotes the idea of unconditional love.

 

 

 

 

Double VisionThe devotions and poetry of Frances Gregory Pasch ’55 have been published hundreds of times in various denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations over the past 30 years. Her book Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life through Devotions and Poetry was published in December 2013. Her book offers readers an “eternal perspective” on life and stresses how God speaks to people through everyday objects and routine activities.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Peacock ’08 has been very busy since graduating from GCU. He is a Lakewood High School English teacher, actor, voice-over artist, and writer. His true-crime memoir Play Dead, Roll Over describes how his pursuit of a career with the New York Police Department came to an abrupt end after getting shot by a retired cop. He was a finalist in Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s Anger & Revenge writing contest in 2011 and had an excerpt of his memoir published in Gravel: A Literary Journal ’s Summer 2013 issue. Below, he shares one of his works.

 

Contributing writer Kristi Rosa ’14 is an English major at Georgian Court University.

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