I Don't Have a Thing to Wear is a humorous and spiritual account of how DeMares O'Connell Pleat finally found true love at the age of fifty-five. After enjoying a dynamic thirty-five year career in the teaching profession, she married her miracle love. A delightful adventure that led her through memory upon memory, this compelling memoir left the author with the feeling that the tapestry of her life was enriched by an understanding of the path she had walked to find love. Readers-young, old, single, married, male or female-are sure to laugh out loud and shed many tears as her beautiful and deeply touching tale unfolds
DeMares was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Joseph's College for Women in Brooklyn and her Master of Arts Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught English, public speaking, and drama in Plainview High School on Long Island. She directed and, at times, also produced over thirty full length plays. Among those productions, she directed five musical comedies in conjunction with the Music Department. Then she returned to graduate work, and took courses in television production, which led to a New York State grant that established an editing studio for her courses in television production and electronic newsgathering. She also became assistant manager of the district radio station, WPOB FM. This meant that her college bound students had stage, radio, and television experience on their college applications. And then she married!