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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 Amarillo, Texas, where we lived for about seven years.  We then moved to Denver, Colorado, and after living there for six years, moved to the small town of Moberly, Missouri. 

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... 

Garden in May 2004
 

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.