I write because there are characters in my head who seem to want their story told. Sometimes they won’t leave me alone.
I am inspired by events and people around me…like YOU. In fact, comments from those whom I know or have met influence or arouse my curiosity. I remember meeting Stephen King one late night at a book signing. I was carrying my then infant son in a chest carrier. I remember our discussion meandered to a family pet who was particularly vicious. He looked at me inquisitively and then wrote something down in a notepad. A year later I purchased his newly released book Cujo. That taught me to listen to others’ experiences and keep notes when something sounds interesting.
My first novel, The First Stone has a climax that is modeled after an episode experienced by a good friend. It was the perfect ending to a long and winding story across generations trapped by guilt and a lack of self-forgiveness. In fact, I have centered on this theme because I think guilt, shame and remorse are maladies that affect us all.
I am on a spiritual path. For me a spiritual path certainly involves growth but not the intellectual route. My path has always been about subtraction rather than addition. I focus on eliminating the ego or rather observing it and letting it fade into the shadows. For me, the ego is the source of guilt, remorse or shame. I think these are tools the ego uses to enhance (or justify) its value and worth. I have come to know the ego as a domineering presence in my life but..…only if I let it! My spiritual path includes studying those successful in controlling their false self, the ego.
I read the Bible including recently discovered books including Gospel of Thomas and Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Other contemporary mystics include Deepak Chopra, Adyashanti, Stephen Norquist, Eckhart Tolle, Richard Rohr, and Catherine Ingram. I grew up reading J. Krishnamurti, G.I. Gurdjieff and Maurice Nicoll.
I am fascinated by modern physics and the connection to spiritual matters. The David Bohm and Krishnamurti dialogues are an example of where I think there is common ground between science and spiritual matters.
You are the reason I continue to write and publish. I care about you. The first book I wrote (Homebuilding Debt-Free) was about how to build your own home. I wrote it while serving Pima County as a Building Inspector. I encountered so many owner-builders with questions that I began to write them all down. I wrote the book in an effort to answer the most common questions they all had. My goal is to transfer knowledge that could be useful to you. The only way I will ever know what knowledge you want (that I may have) is to listen to you and hear your questions.
Your curiosity may be about construction or about your spiritual growth. I welcome questions or comments about either. I know a lot about construction and building codes and am always learning about metaphysics and spiritual growth.
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After 34 years, I retired as a Building Official, having worked in local governments in 4 states and Washington, D.C. I also worked in foreign nations such as United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), Afghanistan, Libya and El Salvador applying building safety principles. I sat on the Board of Directors for the International Code Council and was President of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association.
I have written 9 non-fiction books about construction and the Building Code. A few years ago, I started working on a novel, my first foray into fiction writing, The First Stone.
I just finished building a cabin in Central Virginia nestled with a creek and a tall rock feature.
My wife, Glenda and I live in Williamsburg where my other hobbies include astronomy, woodworking and photography.