ABOUT

I am Detroit-born model, with a 1957 build date.

My family lived in Westland (suburban Detroit). When I was fifteen we moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.

In 1975, I graduated from St. Petersburg High School.

In the fall of 1978 (its scares me how long ago this seems), I moved to New York City to stake out a career as an architectural designer. 

After some spectacular misadventures, in 1985 I founded my own architectural design firm, and rode out the 1980s furiously creating custom-built apartments in one condominium tower after another. It was an exciting, creative, but ultimately exhausting time.

I left New York in 1991, and, after a real-estate development which imploded, I settled in Newport, RI, where I — somehow — became an environmental, urban planning, and transportation advocate known across the state.

The ramifications of the imploded real-estate development continued to haunt me, and by 1996 I finally lost everything. In April, I left Newport, with but a backpack, to wander America.

After various adventures including working on an organic farm, I rode a bicycle to Kansas where I settled into a quiet life surrounded by the largest remaining prairie in America, covering the gently rolling Flint Hills.

The years passed, I rebuilt my life, managed to get two books published, and worked to emotionally recover from the 1990s.

I also created a business restoring vintage lighting, and, through the wonder of the internet, my business, located in the middle of nowhere, reached a national audience. From the start the business thrived and not a month goes by when I do not thank Al Gore (want to know why?)

The success of the business forced a relocation to a structure large enough to house it, and my personal life, and in 2014 I purchased the historic Cross House in Emporia, KS, about fifteen miles east of where I have lived since 1996.

Me, through the ages:

1974. It’s true. I once had hair. Or, hair once had me.
1974. It’s true. I once had hair. Or, hair once had me.

 

1979. Just after moving to NYC.
1979. Just after moving to NYC.

 

Me. 2008. Really. This really is still me.
Me. 2008. Really. This really is still me.

 

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2015. I have been working out, eating WAY better, and taking a ton of vitamins. I am really pleased with the results. What do you think?

 

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