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The events of September 11th, 2001, were unspeakably tragic. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the victims and the courageous, heroic people working to help, whomever they are.

During the afternoon of that tragic day, I wrote a letter to a friend trying to express my grief, shock and anger. Click here to read that letter. A word of warning: the letter contains strong language.

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Welcome to my web home. These pages contain information about my family, and my interests.

These pages also represent my first attempt at web page authoring. Any and all comments about these pages, their layout or their html implementation would be most welcome. Please let me know what you think.


I have been married for just over ten years, to my college sweetheart Kathy. We met in 1985 while she was dating my roommate. Actually, we started seeing each other after they split up, but I love starting our story that way. We dated for five years, married in 1990, and have been going strong ever since.

In July of 1998, Kathy gave birth to our darling daughter Sarah. Then, in February of 2001, Isabella joined our family. Kathy, Sarah and Isabella are my invaluable sources of love and joy.

For a picture gallery of the girls, please click here.

When Kathy was pregnant, friends with children always advised me that "it will change your life, and I can't explain how." At the time I thought that was a cop-out, but it's true. Being a father has shifted my perspective entirely. Things that were of no interest to me before Sarah arrived are now crucial. Things I couldn't live without before are now meaningless. This change in our lives is something I've promised myself that I'll write about some day. But for now, I'll demure and only say that life with Sarah and Kathy is an amazing grace.

The last member of our household is our cat, Mogwai. He's a sweetheart and a pest, a love machine and an attention hound all rolled into one big fluff ball. He's my buddy, and I love him dearly.


I have a lot of interests. Too many for my limited spare time. This section briefly covers the main ones. Included are sections on amateur astronomy, creative writing, religion, model rocketry, and a separate page on my main hobby, miniature wargaming.

Amateur Astronomy

There is something magical about standing under the night sky. Amateur astronomy is a relatively new hobby of mine. Taking the advice of several beginner's books, I'm taking the time to learn my way around the night sky. Once I feel at home up there, I plan to invest in a good pair of binoculars and a tripod. Less expensive than a telescope, binoculars are excellent instruments for planetary observation, the observation of star clusters, etc. If my interest in this hobby holds, I'll eventually "graduate" to a telescope of some kind.

I plan to keep an "observer's notebook" as my stargazing adventures continue. If I have the space on my server, I'll include sections from that notebook here in the future.

For now, I've included links to a number of excellent astronomy sites on my links page.

Creative Writing

In the future, I hope to include some of my own work on this page.

For now, I've included links to a number of excellent writing sites on my links page.


Many years ago, before we were engaged, my wife Kathy asked me to come to church with her. She had been a Catholic all her life, and she wanted me to understand, and hopefully share, her faith.

For many months, I went with her every Sunday. I listened to the readings, I heard the homilies, but I didn't understand. To me, the church services seemed to be dominated by requests for money, harping on sin, etc. One afternoon, I told Kathy how I felt.

I had no idea how much it would affect her. She felt her faith far more deeply than I understood. She broke down in tears when I told her my cynical, negative picture of the church. Her reaction really took me by surprise. We talked about it, and I agreed to take some steps to learn more about the church.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a two-year program designed to inform people with an interest in the Catholic church about the beliefs and traditions of the faith. I enrolled, and almost immediately discovered something all those months of attending mass couldn't teach me.

The church is about people.

The church is the community, not the building. Our relationships, with the people of the church and with God, are what religion is all about. Through the RCIA, I began to meet people. I had seen a few of them before on Sundays, but had never taken the time to say hello; to get to know them. Before long, I had made friends. Soon after that, I felt at home.

At the Easter Vigil in 1991, I officially converted to Catholicism. These days Kathy and I are members of the team that help run the RCIA program, we're Eucharistic Ministers in our parish, and we have a second home in our parish, Our Mother of Confidence in San Diego, California.

So that's (part of) my faith story. In the future, I may update this section as my faith continues to evolve.

Meanwhile, I've included links to a number of excellent religion sites on my links page.

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