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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. Upon leaving the University of Texas at Dallas at the end of the summer in 2018, my spouse and I will live half of each year in France. Our sailboat will have a slip in the marina in Menton ready for cruises to Corsica, Sardinia, mainland Italy, and Greece. We will also build a high-efficiency modern home in the hill country near Austin.

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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 all over the world.

On a thirty-mile ride in Big Bend National Park 


Before earning my Ph.D. and working many years teaching and doing research, a friend and I created a small corporation that focused mostly on architectural restoration and functional sculpture projects. Our work included some notable Texas projects:

  • 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