I was born May 25, 1947 in the small German settlement of Fredericksburg, Texas in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. I left there to attend the University of Texas in Austin and received a BA in Anthropology in 1970. I then served as a Lieutenant in the Army Military Police in Germany for two years and then returned to Austin. I earned a BSN in Nursing and soon thereafter received training as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1978. I spent the next nine years working in Austin in a small pediatric practice.
In 1987 I attended a three month Outdoor Leadership Program with Outward Bound in Colorado and Utah. Subsequently, my wife and I departed for the Marshall Islands in Micronesia to do volunteer medical work. This was the beginning of an eighteen month sabbatical. We then spent six months in Honolulu and then departed on a five month sojourn traveling to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Bali, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. It was this adventure that sparked my dormant desire to write, first travel diaries and then embryonic attempts at novels.
Upon our return to Hawaii, I accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu where I worked for the next four and half years. However, the Rockies beckoned and after vagabonding around the West for several months we eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we still reside. Our desire to travel has not lessened and we continue to make regular trips to Hawaii, South and Central America and Europe. I recently retired from Arroyo Chamiso Pediatrics in Santa Fe where I had worked since 1992.
My wife of thirty seven years, Kathleen, is an Infant and Child Mental Health therapist and spent many years working in pediatrics and hospice.