Personal Stuff


A long time before graduate school

A long time before graduate school

Graduate school days

Graduate school days

My wife and girls at Lake Arrowhead, not far from our home

My wife and girls at Lake Arrowhead, not far from our home

Winter view from our backyard in Lake Arrowhead

Winter view from our backyard in Lake Arrowhead

Painting of Gottlob Frege


Our house

Our house, not long after we moved in, and more recently. In the upper picture, that's asphalt right up to the house. In the lower, brickwork is by me.

I am married, with two girls, one a recent college graduate, the other now married.  I am now a grandfather!   My home is in the Lake Arrowhead area.  My wife has taught special education in a local middle school.  At different times, I have been active in chess, music, basketball, volleyball and hiking; so I used to be fairly well-rounded!  Now I seem not to have any "free" time, though  often I am able to go off in the area walking and thinking with my laptop.

My education includes a BA in Physics, an MDiv in Theology, and the PhD in Philosophy.  After the fact, I find a rationale for this educational path: At each stage, I was interested in issues that seemed to me to be fundamental.  Even in philosophy, I'm interested in metaphysics and logic, which again seem fundamental.

Prior to graduate school, I held positions working on computer hardware and software - drawing on the degree in physics, and working in a church - drawing on the degree in theology.  I also held a memorable job working on the space shuttle, where for a couple months my sole responsibility was to watch a certain power supply, and turn it off in case a red warning light came on.  That light never did come on -- and the boredom was excruciating.  Anyway, it took me a while to find my way into philosophy, but I'm happy to be here!

For fun, here are some phone messages we've had from over the years.  They represent a (probably misguided) attempt to suggest philosophy in just one or two sentences. 








Possible World

Temporal Parts






One of my daughters does music videos from different movies.  Here's one for Casablanca she did for my birthday. Appropriate, since we watch that movie most every year on my birthday.