This and that

Paying tribute to the original Homer who is rumored to have perished on the island of Ios. But probably not.


My all-time favorite place to live remains Triaucourt-en-Argonne, France. I have been back many times since my childhood. My spouse and I will spend half of each year in France after retiring in the summer of 2018 and moving our sailboat to Europe.

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Our rough collies Darwin and Mendel (when a pup)


I began cycling in the eighth grade in Asmara, Eritrea having purchased a full Campagnolo Bianchi from another American. Riding all over Asmara and out into the countryside was a wonderful experience. Following that bike I owned an Atala Professional and, most recently, a carbon Trek. I now have a fabulous HP Velotechnik Scorpion. It is the best of all, and will end up being my touring wheels.

On a thirty-mile ride in Big Bend National Park 


Before earning my Ph.D. and working many years teaching and doing research, I worked for a graphic designer, and then, with a talented partner, we created a small corporation that focused mostly on architectural restoration and functional sculpture projects. Our work included some notable Texas projects among lots of work for individuals:

  • Symphony Square in Austin under the direction of the Austin Symphony Society Director Jane Sibley
  • Concho Street Project in San Angelo through a National Trust for Historic Preservation master plan
  • Seven Dwarves House in Westlake Hills - Austin with architect Charles Harker

On break, I sometimes desgin and  build furniture. Here are two examples for the Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Plano, TX.


Altar in figured cherry


Lectern in figured cherry and copper