The author was born on 9/11/1948 and raised in Minnesota. He resides with his wife of 40+ years in its Capital of St. Paul, Minnesota.. He has been writing poetry since he was a freshman in high school, when he had to write one as a class assignment. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BS in Business. He has been a top ranked poet on the FanStory site since 2011, with over 2000 Poems posted there. In 2015, he judged the poetry for the VOICE of KANSAS, Poetry Contest. He has over 900 photographs published on the Capture Minnesota website, an affiliate of Twin Cities Public Television. He has an acclaimed photograph in the 2012 One Life, Photo Journal. His Poem, “Enlightenment from the Merry-Go-Round”, is published in Preston McWorter’s book, Seeds of Enlightened Society. He is now retired. An avid Minnesota booster, he also lived in Colorado Springs from 1985 until 1991, and in St. James, LI, New York from 1991 until 1996. He has published 3 other books of poems in a series –Picture Poems, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. as well as a 4th book, Take Flight, The Sonnets.