I am Nancy Brisson, author of the articles on this website. I grew up as the second child in a big family (2 parents, 8 children). I have 5 sisters, two brothers – an embarrassment of riches, at least in terms of family. In terms of finances we were quite poor, but our family got along well together and we still do. Is this better than wealth? I don’t know, but it’s pretty darn good. My mom lived to enjoy her 100th birthday.
In spite of our poverty I always assumed that I would go to college and I did. Any hardships this might have created for my family did not really get through to me. I did not mean to be selfish, although I was, perhaps, oblivious. I earned a BA degree in English from SUNY Potsdam and I was an Assistant Professor for SUNY for most of my teaching career. I took a sabbatical leave from teaching and attended the University of Arizona at Tucson where I earned a Masters of Education degree. I came back and carried on with my teaching position until I retired.
I am fortunate to feel connected to a very large, extended family and I am certainly not the only family member with multiple degrees these days. The trajectory of our family has led to many success stories. We are a proud American family, although we do not necessarily all have the same politics.
I am somewhat bookish still and enjoy academic pursuits. I also respond to the beauty that presents itself at unexpected moments and that makes life profound; that is the antidote that counters the often tragic events that also accompany our lives here on Earth. I wish that you will enjoy at least some of the articles on this website and come back from time to time to see what else I have to say.
I have published the following books:
Sabbatical: A Novel by N. L. Brisson
Pub. 1st Book Library (December 20, 2000)
ISBN -10: 1588202852
A young woman plans to go cross country to attend college but she expects her friend to with her. When her friend is unable to go along she sets out on her own with great trepidation in stormy December to go from Syracuse, NY to Tucson, Arizona to get a master’s degree. If she changes her mind she loses a valuable sabbatical leave so she goes off in her little blue Toyota and gets her degree but not without having a few Wild West adventures.
Zoe Taylor’s Story: Confessions of a Cigarette Addict by N. L. Brisson
Pub. N. L. Brisson (October 25, 2016)
Hello, Zoe Taylor here. The things I did and the things that happened to me can only be traced to my cigarette addiction. Perhaps there were tiny seeds and character flaws from my childhood that made me prone to my addiction, or maybe it can be traced to a chemical imbalance, fluctuating serotonin levels…This is a story that proves that the effects of our actions can be completely unpredictable, that explores the nature of addiction and the way it self-destructs our best instincts.
Environmental Diary: The Obama Years by N. L. Brisson
Pub. N. L. Brisson (November 7, 2016)
This Environmental Diary gives you a look back at the key environmental events, opinions, facts, conspiracy theories, and advances during the Obama years (2010-2015). I do not blame our lack of progress on environmental issues President Obama. His administration was obstructed so often and so stubbornly by a party that consistently denies that climate change exists, and yet we made more progress in these matters than you might think. If you can suspend your skepticism, or if you are a believer, there is much in this diary to give us hope that we can take good care of our planet. Or you can refresh your memory about some the things that keep setting us back.
The US Republican Constitution: A Nonfiction Constitutional Thriller by N. L. Brisson
Pub. N. L. Brisson (October 15, 2016)
If you look at the policies of the Republican Party individually they are not at all unusual stands for the party to take. But if you look at the intensity with which the GOP is pursuing its agenda, and the number of changes they want to make to the way the US Constitution functions right now then clearly the Conservatives are up to something.