The Wonder Years - I grew up in Lewistown, a small town in central Pennsylvania. My education started out by riding a bus to the Strodes Mills Elementary School. I worked my hardest there at not doing my homework. I never grasped the concept that it might have been far easier just to study and complete homework assignments than to have to deal with the repercussions of not. Itried out for Little League baseball but caught more balls with my face than my glove. I joined Cub Scouts and attended Sunday school at the
Lewistown Presbyterian Church. As I grew older, I became much more shy, and from what I have been told by many, grew much more nerdy. My middle school years were not all that different than what I knew in elementary school. I enjoyed school, but did little besides attend classes.
When I was young, I loved watching The Underdog Show on TV when I was a young child. Like many I dreamed of being the lovable super hero. Eventually the years passed by and these days I don't dream as much about being Underdog.
Outside of school, I played in the school band and participated in Boy Scouts and church activities. At the Lewistown Area High School, my approach to learning was that if I was interested I would participate, and if not, little could motivate me. I continued with high school band, which was my social joy, and with youth group and Boy Scouts, both of which were wonderful experiences for me. The time to graduate eventually came. I had never prepared to enter college, so I opted for joining the United States Navy after a small disagreement with the Air Force recruiter. I wanted to be a photographer. The Navy was willing to offer that.U.S. Navy - Military life was a complete overhaul to my life. I finally grasped the importance of some self-discipline, broke out of my shyness for the most part, and professionally became very driven. That drive provided many professional opportunities including; photographing President Ronald Reagan's second inaugural, meeting then Vice-President George Bush, traveling the country with various foreign diplomats. During this time I started my interests in computers. As my luck would have it I had a few opportunities to photograph Grace Hopper, pioneer of computers. She coined the term "bug" in the computer world when she pulled a moth from a mainframe. Check out My Computer Life.
Feeding the Hungry
Crofton, MD - The next stop in Maryland was Crofton. This location was located about 5 miles from the office. Crofton is a very pleasant little community with way too many good places to eat.
Arnold, MD - I currently reside in Arnold, MD. It is but a few miles northeast of Annapolis. It feels more like being in Annapolis here, offering a more nautical environment. One of the joys of living here is the Anne Arundel Community College. Its a small community college that I have enjoyed attending for some non-credit writing classes.
Wherever I find myself, my personal time is spent writing, photographing, and spending way too much time on the computer. A variety of other interests make up for the rest of my "free" time. One of my personal photographic projects is about capturing images and abstracts of flowing water, which takes me to central PA often. Three of my favorite photographic locations are Alan Seeger Natural Area, Reeds Gap State Park and Poe Valley State Park.
My family consists of my mother and my son along with an uncle and numerous cousins and their families.