A suburb, north of Chicago became his hometown after living his first two years in the Bronx of New York. The combination of the two cities filled his memory with witty responses from his family as well as friends. The hidden love of writing would take years to surface. The fork in the road had many branches including his walk with Christ, the many challenges of interracial relations, desegregation, combat, marriage and fatherhood. Sarcastic responses with the manipulation of words have dominated conversations during all stages of his life. The art of listening and his ability to observe exposed the behavior of people in his surroundings. Mental notes of his career as a soldier in the U. S. Army, including two combat tours, provided a window into many parts of the world and added to his knowledge base. While experiencing the variety of cultures which inhabited foreign lands he stumbled upon the commonalities of humans and their reactions to one another’s behavior. Once the author began to purge his thoughts his desire to write was born.