I was born on a farm in the Thumb area of Michigan in 1932 and grew up there as well. In 1949 I was graduated from Vassar High School and entered Michigan State University that fall. In 1953, when I was a junior, I was chosen to be an International Farm Youth Exchange delegate to Germany and for six months lived with farm families there. Upon my return home I gave slide show presentations to various groups about my overseas experiences.
After graduation from MSU with a B.A. in history I taught one year in my hometown before being inducted into the army. Then for two years I taught in the Army Basic Supply School at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. After my discharge I taught social studies at several junior high schools in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and earned my M.A. in history from Central Michigan University. In 1968 I moved to Midland, Michigan where I taught history and geography and retired in 1986 after a total of 31 years in education.
During the first few years after retirement I volunteered in a hospital, remodeled old houses and worked on my family genealogy. Then in 1997 I left Michigan and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take advantage of the mild weather and beautiful desert scenery the state has to offer. There I began a second career—that of freelance writing. I write for a local magazine called Posh New Mexico, for an on-line pet magazine called Baku’s ‘Zine and had one article published in the national magazine called The Good Old Days. I’m a member of SWW (SouthWest Writers) an organization of New Mexico authors centered in Albuquerque. Upon occasion I teach workshops at writers’ conferences in the area.
My first book, Home on the Farm, was published in October, 2003. It is a collection of stories about growing up on a farm in Tuscola County during the 1930s and 1940s. The volume is illustrated with my own drawings from childhood memories. My second book, Tales of the Road, was published in October, 2004. It is a group of 21 stories about some of the odd, strange and curious things that have happened to me while traveling various places in the world. That book, too, is illustrated with my drawings. My third book, Leafing Through My Family Tree published in October of 2007, is a collection of 25 stories about my more unusual ancestors and other relatives. It also is illustrated with my own drawings plus photographs from our family archives. My fourth book is titled MASTER OF NONE: A LOVE/HATE AFFAIR WITH HOME REMODELING. It was published in 2009 and is a series of chapters about many of the remodeling projects I have been involved in over the past 50 years. It is illustrated with before and after photos as well as drawings and floor plans of those projects.
Many years before my first trip to Germany in 1953 I was already fascinated with travel. During the past fifty years I have visited most of the states in the United States, in Canada I have traveled to points as far distant as Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. While on various trips to Mexico I visited Mexico City, Merida, Tulum, Uxmal, Teotihuacan, Tula and Chichen Itza. I have toured ten countries on four trips to Europe, in 1996 I visited Japan plus Hong Kong, Beijing and the Great Wall in China and in 2006 I spent three weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In February of 2011 I spent two weeks touring Peru, South America and visited Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu.