About The Author

I am a husband and father. I have five children and five grandchildren, and I live with my wife and our young son in Northern California. Professionally, I am an engineer.

I was born in a small town in southern Oklahoma; as I mentioned earlier, I was baptized a Methodist. When I was three years old, my parents, seeking "the one true Religion", converted to Roman Catholicism, and went on to have eleven children. I thus have five brothers and five sisters. I attended Catholic schools from the third grade though college, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame in 1962.

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I joined Eastman Kodak, and then, five years later, Lockheed, in Sunnyvale, California. At both Kodak and Lockheed, I worked as an Optical Design and Systems engineer, and for about fifteen years, was manager of the Optical Systems Design group at the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Center. I have 32 patents, mostly in optical design; and 42 publications in recognized technical journals, on optical design, testing, and materials. I am also President of the Optical Society of Northern California.

As you can see, I am not a Minister or Preacher or Psychologist or Medical Doctor. My technical training, and my profession, is engineering, and did not prepare me for what God had in mind for me. I retired from Lockheed in 2001, having spent 39 years in the Aerospace Industry. Today, I work for myself, doing optical design. And collecting stories about God.

What I Believe

I believe that God is our Divine Parent, who loves us and wants a personal relationship with us, His children. And that He can be best described with a single word: lovingkindness.

I believe that God intervenes in our lives, as any loving parent would do, to comfort us when we are frightened or grieving, and to protect us in times of trouble.

I am a Christian, in the sense that I follow the teachings of Jesus:" the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Golden Rule. I attend church at the Unity Community Church, a branch of the Unity School of Christianity, in San Jose, California. I like to go to old Catholic churches to meditate and pray.

One further point. I fully appreciate the religious beliefs of all of our readers, and far be it from me to tell anyone what they should or should not believe. My purpose in writing is to present personal stories - data, if you will - from which you, the reader, may draw your own conclusions.

And, although I follow common literary convention in referring to God as "He", I know that God is neither male nor female; God is just God. I use as an example the Pacific Ocean. Nobody looks at the Pacific Ocean and asks whether it is male or female; it is just the Pacific Ocean, nothing else. Similarly, God is just God. I've also followed common literary convention by capitalizing the words "He" and "Him" when referring to God.

Some may object that we, as temporal, physical beings, cannot possibly comprehend the infinite being that we believe God to be. I agree with this. But there is another side to the story: this infinite being that we call God has the capability and the desire to interact with us, and I believe this is exactly what He does.

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