I am a retired minister from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), living in the hills of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. During the course of my ministry, I began writing poetry; that was in the early 1980s. The process and the product of writing poetry have been useful and satisfying to me. I began a few years of attendance on the online poetry workshop Desert Moon Review in April of 2004, finding my involvement helpful to me as a poet. I live in retirement with my wife of forty-seven years, a pair of dogs, and a handful of cats.