I write about nature, weather, hobbies and people, often using personal experiences. Much to their dismay, I also write about my family. I use humor and pathos when I can’t think of anything else to include. My weekly columns appear in The Holmes Bargain Hunter, Millersburg, Ohio. I also write a weather column for Farming Magazine, and a backyard birding column for Journey of Wings, a regional birding magazine. I am a freelance writer, having been published in several magazines, devotionals and newspapers. I was also honored to be published on the onBeing.org blog. I retired on January 1, 2017 as facilitator for the Best of Ohio’s Amish Country coop marketing group, and as a marketing consultant for Homestead Furniture, Mt. Hope, Ohio.
I am also honored and humbled to say that I am a prostate cancer survivor, thanks to the excellent care and delicate robotic surgery of my capable urologist, and an unknown number of prayers offered up for me. You can find a few musings about that on this blog.
I have won the Ohio Newspaper Association’s Osman Hooper original column award, the 2013 personal column award from the Mid-Atlantic Community Paper Association, and the Wayne College Regional Writers Award for non-fiction. I have also won the Most Versatile Blogger Award, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and the Illuminating Blogger Award, all bestowed by fellow bloggers.
I am a retired educator, a retired volunteer firefighter/EMT, a community activist, a husband, father, grandfather, and brother. My wife and I live in a modest home built on an Amish farm in Saltcreek Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio, amid the world’s largest Amish population.
Besides writing, I enjoy birding, hiking, biking, walking, weather, family, nature, photography, history, people-watching and most sports. Masochist that I am, my favorite sports team is the Cleveland Indians.
The title of this blog, Roadkill Crossing and other tales from Amish country, is taken from one of my favorite columns, published long before I started blogging, and from the fact that I have lived in Amish country for so long. For the record, my son doesn’t think much of the blog title.
Please feel free to leave comments, as long as they are positive, flattering and able to boost my already inflated ego. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.