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My Life – Past, Present and Future



I call myself an author, painter, speaker. Every day, I am a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son, friend, fellow traveler.

A River Bend  and Through the Valley of the Shadow  are my published novels. There are unfinished works saved to my laptop: In the CityThe House on Usher and Circuit Rider. There are ideas of other books in my head. I would love to finish and publish everyone.

Writing has become my best tool for sharing my thoughts about life. It comes from what I’ve learned about life – mistakes and successes. It is my role and value as a part of humankind. “In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.” My experiences taught me the truth of the previous passage. It is the secret to a full, rich life.

The experiences I refer to can be generalized here. I have taught school – middle school, high school, university including coaching several sports, teaching writing and literature. I worked for the state of Indiana as a welfare caseworker and supervisor. I have experience in the corporate world as a deputy district manager and district manager, managing 4 -6 supervisors and 40 – 100 workers. I have worked as a volunteer firefighter and first responder as well.

I have experienced the loss of two wives. The first died as a result of an aneurysm and the second after a 7 year bout with cancer. After the first wife’s death, I became a single parent of four. I have also experienced divorce. I know a little about grieving and that process.

I have done some public speaking and would be privileged to speak about writing, publishing, death and grieving, education, single parenthood, coaching, leadership, a relationship with God and/or my definition of a full, rich life.

I want to write and publish more books, do some public speaking and help others find their value. These are part of my future plan. I know that man makes the plans and God directs the steps. I hope God leads those steps in your direction.



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