personal info

I have four sons (Shawn, Nico, Timo & Cary) and four grandkids (Michael, Kaetlynn, Oliver & Maizey).  I met my wife, Marlies, when I was stationed in Germany by the Army in 1973.  We were married in 1975 in Boise, Idaho.  I graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1977 and we moved to Germany where I attended Philipps University in Marburg, Germany.  I graduated with an M.A. in Political Science in 1982 and we returned to the states in 1984.  I attended graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where I majored in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.  I received my Ph.D. in 1990.  I was hired by Wesley College in Dover, Delaware in 1991 as a professor of Political Science. After thirty years of fulltime teaching, I retired May, 2021.

 After reading A Course in Miracles in the mid-90’s, I was inspired to write a book on love titled The Lovestar: A Philosophy of Love, which was published in 1999.  Some of the foundational insights I gained when writing the book eventually inspired me to write Educating Angels: Teaching for the Pursuit of Happiness, which was published in 2013.  Shortly after, I was invited to give a TEDx talk on Happiness Education in Wilmington, Delaware.  Wesley had changed its core curriculum to emphasize interdisciplinary courses at the 100 and 200 levels in 2013, so I jumped on the chance to offer a course called Happiness. I taught several sections of the course every semester for the next seven years.  I wrote and published a book called Teaching a Happiness Class in 2019.  After retiring, I wrote and published Happiness Education in 2021.


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