William "Bill" Harshbarger was born in 1942. He taught History at Mattoon High School in Mattoon, Illinois for 35 years. He also owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Arcola, Illinois, with his wife Lynn, who is also an artist. He currently lives in Arcola, illinois and is now retired. He enjoys reading and writing, and is an education activist. He hopes to be remembered as a teacher who won no awards, did little harm, and who managed to provide for his four children with a modest amount of income. The members of his Bob's Books Tuesday night poetry group would like to add that he is also a charming and interesting man, a fine poet, and a treasured friend.