About

I am a Christian, husband, father, and writer, in that order. I am also a retired teacher, pilot,  home owner (mortgage payer), pet keeper (three dogs), leaf blower, chief early morning coffee brewer, and like to write.

Actually, all of 2017 and for the first two months of 2018, we were apartment dwellers since our home in The Highlands neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama burned down Jan. 9, 2017. We moved into our new home, built where the old one had to be demolished after the fire, early March, 2018.

I have a weekly column, The Port Rail, which appears on Sundays in The Tuscaloosa News, my hometown newspaper. All of those columns–sometimes the longer versions–are also published on this blog.

My last history book is a long biography of a Dominican friar, Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566). He became the greatest protector of American Indians in the face of the Spanish conquest. That book is Bartolomé de las Casas: A Biography (2012) published by Cambridge University Press.

A shorter “issues and points of view” book–Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas –came out in 2011 and you can find both of them online anywhere.

In fact, you can go to Amazon Author Central through this link and see most of my works on amazon.com.

My last non-history book, Work and Wealth in Scripture, was published early in 2015. And an earlier Christian book, Cleared for Landing: On Living a Christian Life, suggests a plan for living as a Christian. Check it out.

On November, 2015, I was blessed to be inducted into an honorary society, the Imperial Order of Charles V, in the Alcazar fortress/palace in Segovia, Spain. It was an honor I had never anticipated or expected, but God is good, all the time. Go to Miscellaneous and Images on vertical menu bar on left side of this page for more.

And, three years later, on November 7, 2018 I was inducted into the Royal Hispanic American Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences in Cadiz, Spain as a Corresponding Member and delivered my induction presentation on “Hernando de Soto in American History.”

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