Some of you might recognize the name. I”ve been drifting around the Internet for a number of years. I spent nearly ten years doing Internet marketing and publishing a couple of marketing newsletters – Robomarketer, the R Market Daily and the Web Guerrilla Journal.
I got into Internet marketing and publishing when my oldest son, Ian, was diagnosed as severely autistic. I was trying to use the Internet to make a reasonable income so I could be there for my son Ian. He was havimg rel problems in school and I wanted to home school him.Ian is now twelve and goes to school two days a week. I no longer home school him because, first, he needs professional help now; and second, my eyesight has deteriorated to the point where I can no longer do that kind of teaching, There is so much reading I would have to do, I’d probably be blind in a year. At least this way, I will be able to keep some of my sight as he gets older.
I guess the main reason my marketing efforts never worked too well is that my heart was never really in, well, except for the writing part. I always have enjoyed writing. And, with the fact that I am now on disability, I don”t need to worry if I make money online or not. I can focus on my writing. That is exactly what I intedn to do here.
I quit the Internet a couple of years ago and stayed away until the beginnin of 2007. That’s when I started my blog.
I am happily married to Elizabeth since 1991. We have three childrenL Heidi, Ian and Michael. We live in a three bedroom manufactured home in northern Arkansas. We moved to Arkansas from Chicao at the end of 1991. We bought our present home in June of 2006.
Heidi is a sophomore in high school and doing quite well. Uan was diagonsed as moderately to severely autistic in 1997 and is in middle school. He attends school two days a week. Michael is in fifth grade at the Arkansas Virtual Academy, so he gets to stay home and keep his daddy company. I am his “teacher” for all practical purposes. That’s a job I really love doing.
We have two black cats, Maximus and Salem, two dogs – Barney, a two=uear old Basset, and Gorthok, a year old Boxer/Retriever mix, and a Siamese fighting fish named Draco.
We are a very musical family, Heidi sings, plays a little piano, bass, and wants to learn guitar. Michael is learning to play the drums. My wife plays the clarinet and I used to play piano until my hands got too crippled up with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. We love to sit together and listen to music – either on the computer, our CD player or our old-fashioned stereo that plays LPs, 45s, and 78s.
- BA in Anthropology 1982 Northeastern Illinois University Graduated summa cum laude/ Received an undergraduate research grant from the National Science Foundation in 1981.
- MA from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago 1984/ Completed the coursework for an MA in Anthropology before transferring to the Divinty School. Spent the summer of 1982 studying Polish lamgusge, history and culture at the Catholic University in Lublin, Poland on a fellowship from the Kosciusko Foundation. Was working on a PhD in Theology when I withdrew for personal reasons in 1985.
- Worked as a tutor in the City Colleges of Chicago in 1982 and 1983.
- Worked as a tutor in English for foreign doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago 1984-1985.
- Worked as a writing tutor in the College at the University of Chicago 1983-1984
- Taught freshman anthropology and sociology courses at the local community college 1992-1994.
- Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master
- Current occupation: officially disabled but I consider myself a writer. I’ve been writing and publishing online for over ten years now.
Here’s our family portrait taken March of 2008!