I left Maybole when I was about 18, to move to Ayr. When I
was 21, I took a job in Germany working as a nanny for army personnel. I
was there for about a year, then England for about year and a half. After
that I was in Saudi Arabia working for the Royal family before ending up
in America and have been living here for about 12 years now, 40 minutes
from Manhattan in a place called Stamford Connecticut. Along the way my
life has taken many interesting turns, from the people I meet, the
cultures I experience, challenges and hurdles that I have over come.
I have had the fortune to apply myself in a variety of
ventures, recording a demo in Nashville TN, singing with opera west in
their production of Jeanie Deans in the Gaiety. In the state of
Connecticut I have been trained and certified as a councilor/advocate of
sexual assault and domestic violence and have been involved in
many different areas of working hands on with the victims. From counseling
in the hospitals while they are going thru the medical exam, to police
interviews, court appearances, community education, public speaking not to
mention fund raising where I awards and recognition. Also worked with
children suffering bereavement of a family member due to homicide,
suicide, aids or drug related deaths.
I am currently working with the U.S. congress, together we
are trying to bring national attention to an issue that we feel is very
important, it may result in us creating new legislation; I have gained a
lot of support on the issue and have come very far with it. I also work
with a few attorneys on a variety of issues like immigration and
violations in the workforce. I spearheaded a kids against weapons campaign
following some of the school shootings, and am also working with federal
law enforcement, these are just of a few things that I do on a serious
A few years ago I found out that Eric Cullen (WEE BURNEY)
of Rab C. Nesbitt was my half brother, long story. I am the only
biological relative that he had a relationship with and when he died I was
asked to write a piece for his book. Emotionally it was very challenging,
especially as my dad had died never knowing that he also had a son.
On a lighter note, I have many of great friends around and
we do many fun things together, I love to travel, and so do quite often.
It is so easy to get to places from where I am like Washington 4 hours
drive, Boston 2-3 hours. Airfares are also quite reasonable.
Anyway just wanted to say hi and let people know that I am
still alive and well. This website has brought me to tears, I maybe on the
other side of the Atlantic but my heart will always be in Maybole, it's a
big part of who I am. I would be a liar to say I do not miss it and some
of the people.
I was sorry to see that you do not have anything about the
boxing club that my dad got going, though I did see a picture of Shaun
Anderson. He started with my dad at a very young age; they were very
close as were many of the boys that were involved with the club. My dad
took many of them to shows and some of them did very well like, Shawn
Anderson, Frazier McNair, David McGregor to mention but a few. Would love
to hear from anyone who has any pictures of the boxing club.
This website is a tribute to all of you.