I started writing blogs in 2004 at the urging of my good friend, David Mullens. His advice came at a time when I was trying to find meaning in my life and his suggestion to put thought to paper in the form of a blog was revolutionary. It changed my soul and gave me a voice. While my first posts were simply stories I’d heard over the years, I now write about my somewhat quirky observations of life, nature, and people. I write about the books I read. The food I eat. The family I love. The world in which I live.
I grew up in a rural area of eastern Indiana on a 5-acre farm. Though small in size, the farm had a huge impact on my life. We raised animals of all kinds and this taught me the value of hard work and the rewards it provides. It’s also where I fell in love with chickens.
I now live in a quiet neighborhood in Noblesville, Indiana, with my wife, our daughter, our Pug mix, Jack, our Yellow Lab, Sid. We also have a cat, Samantha but I’m not as thrilled with her. She was a good idea at the time and we’ve given her a good home for the past dozen years but never again. Our two sons live in a home in town.
My back yard is my sanctuary. Over the past 16-years we’ve turned the spacious and desolate back yard into an oasis, a place of peace. While Indiana weather is unpredictable at best and daytime temperatures can fluctuate from 50 to 90 and the humidity can curl even my straight hair, whenever possible I am sitting at one of the numerous outside rooms, reading, writing, working, or dreaming.
I love nature and would prefer a quiet hike in the woods to a day at an amusement park. I am an avid birder, and will take advantage of any opportunity to spot a new avian friend. I’ve been able to witness more than 36 different species of birds in my back yard, alone. Any travel includes a trip to a birding hot-spot. One of my favorite movies is “The Big Year” both for the birds and the story.
My creativity extends beyond writing to public speaking, art, and video creation. I graduated from Ball State University in 1987 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis on print-making (despite the fact that I am color-blind). I went on to graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary and serve two churches in the United Methodist system over the next ten years. I left pulpit ministry in 1999 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Our family still attends and participates in our local church and it is an important part of our lives, but I like it much better on this side of the pulpit.
The decade in the church did offer one benefit; I am a talented public speaker, winning praise for my ability to tell a story. I also fancy myself an artist, though without a printing press right now. Many of my artistic works can be found on this site and several videos and public speaking examples can be found on YouTube.
My most engaging hobby at the moment is cooking. My newest blog is Conversations, a blog about my love of food, great recipes, and beautiful pictures of the food I cook. I experiment with new recopies each week and prepare mouth-watering dinners on a regular basis.
I read non-stop and vary my reading list to get a well-rounded diet of literary nutrition. I’ll take in a biography, history, fiction, and a popular novel. I might read a children’s book or a how-to guide and then start the cycle all over again.
I am busy at all times. Between keeping up the yard, repairing the broken parts of our 38-year-old home, and working full time as a personnel manager in a pharmaceutical research CRO, I also take courses toward my BS in Communication at Indiana University East, assist with the weekly slide presentations for my friend’s church service, and work as a writer / editor for an Indianapolis law firm’s blog…And in the process am working on a novel and an Advent devotional.