Biography

In Germany with my faithful dog & BB gun

The Early Years

Up until age fifteen, I had no permanent home. No, I wasn’t actually homeless. My dad served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force which meant my mom and I moved with him to new assignments on a regular basis. I lived in many different states and even spent three years in Germany.

I thought I was so cool. Duh! Not.

High School Days

When my dad finally retired from the military, we took up residence in Central Florida. Besides attending Winter Park High School, I hunted snakes on weekends and sold them to Gatorland  south of Orlando. One time when I captured a live alligator, my parents finally drew the line. They told me in no uncertain terms to take the thing back to the lake where I found him. Even though the gator was small, I later had to admit that grabbing him in the first place was not one of the smartest things I had ever done.

Relaxing away from work on the Wekiva River

College and Career

Never having been a great student, I surprised myself by earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida  and then a master’s from Rollins College. Those little pieces of paper led to many years of working in the public schools of Central Florida, quite a few of which I spent in middle and high school classrooms. For a good chunk of time, I also worked in the administrative division of Orange County Public Schools. This included serving as the Director of Staff Development & Volunteer Services. The most difficult yet rewarding part of my career in education was working with high risk students in Orange County’s SAFE Program.

After retirement from public school work, I administered projects for the Community Service Center of South Orange County. That position gave me the opportunity to do community outreach, create an anger management program for young people and to work with other wonderful nonprofit organizations like Goodwill Industries.

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My wife Barb & me – old publicity photo

Writing and Family

I didn’t start writing for publication until the early 1980’s when my wife Barbara and I published our nonfiction book titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family’s Journey into the Psychic. Later on, I wrote mostly for Boys’ Life magazine, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, and Mitchell Lane Publishers.

Ideas for the development of The St. Augustine Trilogy began in 2004.

I have three adult children, Nicole, Greg and Fred. Somehow they all survived having me as a father and for that I am most thankful.

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Reclaiming my balance

Currently

A number of years ago I established a regular practice of meditation that has continually given me great peace of mind. I’m able to deepen that practice by participating in activities of the Orlando Insight Meditation Group like taking classes and going on meditation retreats.

One last thing. My current community service project is volunteering for Hospice of the Comforter. The hospice organizations around the world do wonderful work with the dying and their families, so let me recommend them to you as terrific places to express your compassion and your humanity either through donations or volunteer assistance. Note: Hospice organizations often take teens as volunteers.