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To tell the truth, I wasn't
sure if anyone would be interested in this sort of page.
But, well...here you are. So, by popular demand (ok...maybe just
two or three students), here is a bit more about me...
I was born on March 12,
1965 at the Shepherd Air Force Base near Ft. Worth, Texas.
After my parents received their honorable discharge, we moved to
Texas, where we lived for about seven years. We then moved
Colorado, and after living there for six years, moved to the small
town of Moberly,
I finished high school
and then studied Communications with a Spanish minor at Northwest
Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Soon after graduating
from college, I got married to Hiromi Yoshioka, and we went to Kansas
City for several years while I studied at Seminary. After
I finished this degree, we decided to return to Japan and have been
living in her hometown of Niigata for over 13 years.
Hiromi and I have been
married for over 20 years. We don't have any children, yet
we have a very happy and loving household. Hiromi is a language
teacher and researcher in her own right. We enjoy such things
as traveling together or having romantic meals at home.
We live in a small house
that is not far from the center of Niigata City. At home I
often study or do research for another paper, but I also take
time out to cook, entertain family and friends, or just relax on
our little deck at the side of the house when the weather permits
(it rains a lot in Niigata!).
During the weekends I
like to do a bit of gardening behind the house. It isn't the
best of locations, since we are surrounded by other houses and buildings.
I tried for a long time to force my garden to be something that
it could never be. Eventually, I began to learn from my garden.
After several false starts, I have tried to create a woodland look.
Gardening has become a relaxing yet instructive hobby for me. I
am beginning to understand why many Christian contemplatives have
become avid gardeners. Or maybe, it is the other way around...
I love traveling to other
countries. So far, I've visited China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore,
Taiwan, the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland,
Germany, Australia, France, Portugal and Mexico.