Hello. My name is Olen Rambow.
Since you’re here, I suppose you’re interested to know a little about me. So let me give you a brief summary of my heart and history thus far.
I believe that our purpose in life — and it’s a privilege, really — is to create and share beauty and meaning. Perhaps because of this belief, I’ve been drawn to the arts for as long as I can remember. In elementary and middle school, I studied drawing and painting. In high school, I pursued music. And throughout my life, I’ve had an unceasing desire to write.
I studied physics and math in college, after which I taught for seven years — first English, then physics, and then math. Five of those years were spent in Beijing, where I met my wife, Cathy. In the summer of 2009, we moved back to my hometown of Houston, and I continued teaching while Cathy went back to college for a second time — and in a second language — to study nursing.
In 2010, our lives were turned upside down. Cathy was diagnosed with cancer and went through nine months of treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Her insurance plan was extremely limited, and we faced about $200,000 of uncovered medical expenses. Meanwhile, one of two dueling landlords evicted us shortly before he was convicted of murdering his wife.
Our church, family, and friends carried us through those difficult times and organized a fundraising campaign to help cover Cathy’s treatment expenses. We were also provided with a free place to live. Later, I published a book about our experience called Stand with Cathy. (Note that all proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Komen Foundation.)
After completing an M.S. in applied physics (with a focus on imaging), I have recently returned to my original calling: teaching. Cathy, meanwhile, is working as a nurse. We have recently welcomed our first child, Eliot, into the world, and he already appears to be planning how he will take the universe by storm.
Looking back on this journey, I realize that there is one thing to which I have always returned without fail: writing. In secret, I have called myself an aspiring writer; but I recently ran across this blog post and have been inspired to drop the “aspiring” label. I am, in fact, a writer, and this blog is one of my outlets. Through it, I hope to share some beauty and meaning with you.
Thank you for stopping by.
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