I am retired. I still blog at “The Raven Lunatic,” though it no longer runs in newspapers. I am also focusing my energy on longer-term projects.

“The Raven Lunatic” column ran in syndication from 2014 to 2017 on Senior Wire News Service.  I also contributed to SWNS syndicated column, “A Healthy Age.”  Senior Wire News Service provides articles to newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to 2014, The Raven Lunatic ran in a dozen Indiana newspapers.  I also published widely in both print and online magazine and newspapers, including The Broad Side, Salon and Open Salon, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Grown and Flown, Mamapedia, Fictionique, Talking Writing, Boomer, and Scary Mommy.  Through Senior Wire, my work appeared in newspapers from Alaska to Maine, and everywhere in between, too many to name.

I’ve written six books, Always Carl, A Piece of Her Soul, Whitley County Kid, A Piece of Her Heart, A Piece of Her Mind, and The Luxury of Daydreams.  You can purchase any or all from my Books page. I am featured in three anthologies, published by the Late Orphan Project, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, and Talking Writing Books.

I am a  graduate of the School of Journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree about 7,000 years ago.  I was fortunate to work on my college yearbook, The Orient, now long gone.

Ball State University offered me a great education, giving me lifelong critical thinking skills that led to a wonderful career. If you have a family member interested in studying journalism, Ball State is a good choice.  Check out Ball State Journalism here.