I am a recently retired elementary school teacher, having taught second, third, and fourth grades for nineteen years. My writing draws on my classroom experiences with that age group. The story of a teacher trying to involve his students in the meaningful study of history on a personal level reflects a major theme of what was my teaching style.
Studying the American Civil War--its issues, personalities, and events--is my passion. I have already walked many of the battlefields, including most of those where my grandfather fought. But my dream is to spend several months actually tracing, with the 102 Griffin letters in-hand, the 1861-1863 movements of the Second Minnesota Volunteers, from Fort Snelling, outside Minneapolis, to the Reeds Bridge Road that crosses Chickamauga Creek.
I have been writing or re-working and telling stories professionally for more than 20 years, and appear regularly at area schools, libraries, bookstores and stages. I am happily married, and the proud grandfather of fourteen, to whom I have dedicated six recorded collections of the stories I tell. Eclectically, I am also an avid collector of ancient Greek, Roman, and British coins, and a summertime kayaker in our beautiful Puget Sound.