L. R. Laverde-Hansen, Author of the Day

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L. R. Laverde-Hansen was Wikinut's Author of the Day! Here are 5 facts about Wikinut's featured writer.

Introductory Remarks

In case you missed it, I was selected as Wikinut's Author of the day this past Tuesday. I'm grateful to Wikinut for furnishing a platform wherewith to engross, enchant, or at least amuse others on the Internet.

I want to especially thank Phyl Campbell, who was selected as Wikinut Author of the Day in February. Her own piece marking the event was the inspiration for this writing. Ironically enough, I was one of the first people to inform Phyl about her honor.

Since I am all for talking more about me, without further ado, here goes:

#1) The "L" in "L. R." stands for "Lyonel"

Yes, Virginia, L. R. is a real person.

My friends, colleagues, and the I.R.S. call me Lyonel. I was named after my father, who was given the name by my grandmother. I selected my first two initials as my writing name for one excellent reason:

It sounds so elegant, refined and pretentious. So many great writers (T. S. Eliot, G. K. Chesterton, etc.,) are known by their initials, I thought why not I? Initials draw fun attention to the byline.

The "R" also represents something, but that won't be revealed until Wikinut starts paying hefty royalties (or any royalties, for that matter).

And yes, I did briefly resemble Winston Churchill. Briefly.

#2) I wrote--and--produced a play in New York City

Among my various and sundry literary endeavors, I have completed at least three plays. One of them, Kill The Beast, was performed in New York City in June of 2007. It was the most intense creative experience of my adult life. To see actors read your words before a live audience--I could have died of joy right there.

Now I am working on a play which is even nearer to me. It is an epic Shakespearean Historical drama, titled Charles XII, King of Sweden. This play has over thirty-speaking roles, clocks in at over a hundred pages and will make Kill The Beast feel like a walk down the block. What can I say?--artists are crazy. I want to premiere a staged reading next Winter.

Nonetheless, here's a brief excerpt from Charles XII:

Where is the goodly king? O where? Oh where?
The blood is on the beach, and in the air
A stench far worse than any from the field
Pollutes the hopes of fighters reconciled.

What lust to kill? What will to conquer all
Will come as narrow expectations fall?
Oh this is bad!--so bad for king and state.
Alas the worst is more than pleased to wait.

It's why I keep writing.

#3) I was a teacher for four years

I was a substitute teacher from 2007 to 2011. I taught in four of the five boroughs (counties) of New York, at over a dozen schools, reaching hundreds of students. I never had a harder job which was more rewarding.

Even though "subbing" is extremely grueling, and I want more than anything to become a professional writer, I loved the satisfaction of teaching youngsters.

One of my favorite days came at one school, Hyde Leadership Academy in the Bronx. I was assigned the Second-Grade class near the end of the year, and the lesson planner simply suggested I teach the students a poem. We went over Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 ("When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes...").

I wasn't trying to get seven or eight-year-olds to memorize a Shakespeare sonnet, but I wanted them to hear the rhythms, accents and the very sound of a great poem for the first time. I had the class find the rhyming words, and with my arms, simulated the rise and fall of the iambic pentameter as we read the poem together. They got so excited by the poetry--they got Shakespeare! Later on, one of the students told me she wrote down the poem's name and read it again with her father. There is no price for a moment like that.

#4) I met a President

Years ago when I was a tadpole, I volunteered to help elect Bill Clinton President. Along with hundreds of others, I went up and campaigned for him in New Hampshire. I still have a letter from his New York office, thanking me for my participation.

The Sunday before the primary, then Governor Clinton came to a little mall to campaign with his wife Hillary. Apparently his idol, President Kennedy, had campaigned there decades earlier. The first thing I noticed is that he's huge! He could have been a linebacker for the NFL with that length and width.

Although Governor Clinton was very laid back, he was mobbed by reporters as he walked around the mall. Thinking I had a better chance with Hillary, I shook her hand (She wasn't yet the rock star/devil incarnate she's seen as today). Later on, I did manage to shake the Governor's hand. It was surprisingly soft, like putting your hand inside a large pillow. At the time, Bill Clinton was embroiled in a scandal, yet his ebullient nature, seemed to indicate all would be right. Interestingly enough, he is currently the most popular living president.

#5) I plan to be a Tour Guide

If you plan on coming to New York, maybe I might show you around. I just received my two-year license from the City to be an official tour guide. This is the next chapter in the adventure of my life.

In order to be licensed, I had to pass a rather competitive exam about the geography, history, architecture and culture of the City. Even though I was a top history student in High School, I still had to study hard for the test. Truthfully I don't know what the future holds, but I look forward to very interesting days to come.

Originally Composed in New York
April 2, 2014
April 3, 2014


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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
Poet, playwright, commentator. I write wherever I can. Currently I reside in the City of New York.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, L.R. Congrats. Proud of you. I love the pondering baby pose - portent of things to come? I'd hire you as a tour guide anytime. ~Marilyn

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Aw, Marilyn. You're great and a real inspiration to us all.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Apr 2014 (#)

I approve of the stolen idea!! I'm flattered by the mention. I think we have the same baby picture. I was wondering when you got mine from my mother and why you would do that to me!!
You made me laugh. And I want a role in your Charles play if you tour in NWA. We may not have a lot outside of Clinton and WalMart, but we have 4 theatres and love our dramatic arts. It doesn't have to be a woman's role. I'll happily play a man to have a big part! :)
It's funny how I tend to think of some people as younger or older than me based on some criteria only my subconscious understands. But if you helped elect Clinton, then you are significantly older than I and than I thought. And someday I might talk more about that. Great article. Congrats again. All the best!!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Phyl, you are most welcome. I think every Wikinuter should do a self profile upon being selected as Author Of the Day. It was a lot of fun to write.

As for age, I'll put it this way. My Pop is 80, yet in so many ways he's the youngest person I've ever known.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Ha Ha! I see what you did there. Whatever your age, live well, and keep writing. Best!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Nice to read about you and the baby picture says it all ! - siva

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you, Siva. We all had to start somewhere.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Fern. As always.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Apr 2014 (#)

great piece mixing poetry and prose...

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you, can writer. You're a true original.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Well deserving of author of the day L.R.
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you, as always Stella. Blessings onto you.

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th May 2014 (#)

Belated congrats! Are you of Scandinivian origin? I know some people there have "hansen" as surname.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you, Ptrikha. I am on my Mother's side. But like most Americans, I am a mixed breed.Hope you have a good day.

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