I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My father was stationed at the Consulate there while in the US Air Force. Over the next 17 years, we moved many times. I grew up in Europe during the Sixties, living in Germany, Belgium and Holland, before finally landing permanently in California in 1971.
In the early Sixties my family lived in Ramstein, Germany, a small village still recovering from World War II. I remember walking the narrow, cobblestoned streets and seeing bullet holes in the walls of buildings. Even the Cathedral was not unscathed by the violence of war. I have also lived in several states across the country, including Kentucky, Colorado, Utah, Texas, New York and California. My wife Darlene and I have three children, and we have been foster parents.
I have a B.A. in Biblical Literature and an M.A. in Theology from Simpson College (now Simpson University) and an MLS (Library Science) from San Jose State University. I have worked for the Sacramento Public Library for over 28 years.