Tom Barnes is a retired Coast Guard warrant officer, a retired employee development specialist from the Smithsonian Institution and he spent a little time teaching public high school business courses in Northern Virginia after he left the Service. He is a totally disabled veteran.
Why would somone with this background write this book?
Tom felt the need as a chief yeoman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Rush (WHEC 723) from October 1984 until July 1987 to write during his free time at sea. So these short stories were born at that time. A few of the later stories were written many years later when the idea of compiling a work of his short stories was given to him by his friends. He finally agreed to have them published and it is his hope that you enjoy them. Much of the stories deal with alcoholism and the working class upbringing in Southeastern Pennsylvania of his youth. It is to be understood that these fictional stories use the general outline of his life as a framework.
Educated within the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during the 1950's and 1960's, Tom left Bishop McDevitt High School at the end of his junior year and entered high school seminary at the Marist Fathers Seminary in Penndel, Pennsylvania in August of 1969. He graduated from high school there and then entered Saint Charles Borromeo diocesan seminary in September 1970. He was 17 years old at that time. He stayed at Saint Charles in Overbrook until just after his 20th birthday when he left seminary. He eventually returned to college and earned several degrees. His education is extensive.
B.A. in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary's RC College, Emmitsburg, MD 1975
B.S. in General Business from University of the State of New York, Regents, in 1995
M.Ed. (Secondary Education) Beaver College, Glenside, PA in 1995
M.A. (Human Resources Management) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2000
M.A. (Human Performance Systems) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2003
Tom studied for a short while toward his Ph.D. in Adult Basic Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earning 26 credits toward that degree. He took classes at both GMU and Virginia Tech.
When he was declared totally disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tom saw that study was no longer possible.
Tom would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and gain your insights into these short stories once you have read them through to the end. He can be reached at:
Location: 6300 Stevenson Avenue, 614
Alexandria, VA 22304