………….A Brief, Boring Picture of Tracks I’ve Left Behind…………….

Born: 9/9/40

Wife: Karen ♥ (m. 1972)

Kids: 4 of them, grown & away

Education:

  • Wheaton College (BA psychology, 1963)
  • Michigan State Univ. (MAT general science, 1968)
  • Western Michigan Univ. (PhD science education, 1972)
  • one year grad. study at Denver Seminary

Publications:

A Pillar of Pepper (poetry)

The Burgomaster’s Rain (short fantasy)

Science: Understanding Your Environment (Silver Burdett science texts, 1970s-early 1980s); After Supper Science (weekly science column for two regional newspapers, late 1970s); science articles for Cricket, Wee Wisdom, Science and Children, The Science Teacher, School Science and Mathematics, and other science and education journals, etc. Wrote science exams for ACT tests. (Once I enjoyed padding this—no more!)

Editing:

  • Founder and editor-in-chief of The Westigan Review of Poetry (8 yrs. 1970s).
  • Department editor (general science) for School Science and Mathematics (8 yrs. 1970s)

Awards:

  • C.S. Lewis Gold Medal (1st of 100 books, for P of P, above, 1983)
  • One of 10 finalists for C.S. Lewis Gold Medal (for TBR, above, 1990)

Teaching:

Permanent NY state certification for grades N – 6; for grades 7-12 in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, general science, and psychology (but not English!)

  • U. S. Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa 1963-64 (science, math, English)
  • Louisa County High School (Mineral, VA, 1965-67, chemistry, science)
  • State Univ. of New York (SUNY) at Oswego 1972-1999. For the first three years as asst. prof. taught in the lab school, ed. Dept., and did administrative work; for the last 25 or so years I was an Assoc. Prof., then tenured Full Prof. of English. (primary course responsibilities: Children’s lit., Ancient & Medieval Lit., creative writing, freshman comp.) Part-time 2000-2003.

After Retirement:

Writing, teaching, lecturing (occasionally) on creation/evolution issues, continuing my Soo Bahk Do karate, volunteer work, irritating my patient, loving wife ♥, annoying my kids and grandkids, and other stuff. [No regrets]