With my beloved wife of 39 years, we share the blessings of a daughter, son and three grand children. Our home in is a quiet agricultural plot in central Florida. I am a committed Christian of the Catholic faith and actively involved in our parish. Since 1973 I have been involved in leadership within the Charismatic Renewal.
Upon graduating high school, my first job was the repairing the audio-visual equipment for the county schools. I then did mechanic work and welding to get through college. I graduated from the University of FL with a B.S. in chemistry aiming at med school, but that proved incompatible. I spent a year building houses, while figuring out what to do in life, then went back to UF for a Masters and Specialists in Counseling. After two years as an elementary school counselor, I was recruited into our parish of 3000 families as the director of youth ministry and adult education for the next seventeen years. I then spent two years teaching science and math to emotionally disabled middle school children, followed by another ten years teaching math to incarcerated boys from 6th to 12th grade. I am presently medically retired.
My interests and recreational pursuits have always been of the mechanical nature, from building engines to airplanes. I am occupied with the maintenance of our home and property. In my spare time, I am learning to use a lathe and milling machine that God sent my way. And God willing, I might find the time and health to resurrect an aircraft that has languished in a state of "un-rebuilt" in my shop for over ten years. Of late, I have been feeling drawn to "putting to pen" thoughts I have been pondering. This blog is an attempt to do that. I pray these personal reflections will benefit your own pondering.