I've lived in places that grew me including a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and upscale Orange County, California. Throw in the more exotic Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania, and you get an idea of the breadth of my background. I also have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer chaplain in Orange County jails and flying with a major party presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out.
And all of this is fodder for my writing.
I have served in the community and church virtually my entire life. That involvement has given me far more than I have given.
My beautiful wife Joyce and I have eight children along with a slew of grandchildren. We now live on a hill in scenic Spokane Valley, Washington, along with gobs of pine trees, deer, wild turkeys, and who knows what else. Peaceful and serene are descriptors.
Among the many attributes I seek, gratitude heads the list.