I have great fun hosting Public Display of Imagination and hope that someone, somewhere is listening. My goal is pretty simple: have fun with my guest and learn something new about the craft.
I am a Christian. That means something very different to me than most would think. I’m not religious (not adherent to a particular creed or denominational belief system). I’m a bit of a text geek and I am fascinated with the study of biblical history; it’s far more interesting that what I was taught in Sunday School.
I genuinely love my wife with all my heart. We live in a world where we know and love people based on the perception of what we see and how we interpret that perception. My wife is the only person on the planet who knows all the details of who I am and loves me anyway, just as I am… without reservation. A person can’t enjoy any love better than that.
My daughter, Daryl, lives in New Jersey; everyone knows her as Dara. She’s given me two fabulous grandsons: Conrad and Silas. I write a book series about them as young adults, chasing down the thread of truth in every fantastic mystery of the world that I ever told them when they were children. My mother passed away in 2015; she was 89. My brother is named Lawrence; he goes by Pete… but that’s a long, unreliable story. He has 14 more years of life experience than I.
My Co-Host is named Amun. She’s been a part of our little family for as long as we’ve been a family. She used to be hyper-independent. Now, she’s more loving that she’d ever publicly admit. She sees herself differently than other people see her, but then… don’t we all? She loves photo ops with books from our guests.
I grew up playing baseball and would still choose to watch a baseball game over a football game most of the time. You might even say I have an unhealthy love for the game. I am a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan, but I’ve never lived in St. Louis. My wife was giddy by association, but is now a legit fan. We both play Fantasy Baseball and attend local Minor League games.
I always wore PUMA cleats to play baseball and now I always wear throwback, Puma suede sneakers. I make an exception for rainy days, because well… it’s raining, duh. At this point, I have 15 different colors, including 4 shades of blue (take that, Hallie Ephron). My shoes usually match my shirt. PUMA… I need a shoe deal. Seriously, I can be bought.
My wife and I are both big fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We grew up reading the various comics and have really enjoyed the movies. The first one we saw together was Captain America: The First Avenger. We had been dating for 3 months at that point.
I’m also a big fan of Batman; my wife likes Christian Bale. The Batman storyline is one of the few that ever held my attention from the world of DC. I think he is one of the most complex and flexible characters ever created. According to Forbes, as of March 2018, there were 585 billionaires living in the U.S. and not one of them has the guts to become Batman… SLACKERS!
My wife and I see 2 to 3 movies each month, sometimes more. It was one of the earliest bonds we shared. We go to breakfast every Sunday morning, sit at the same table and eat the same meal as we talk over our plans, dreams and schemes. We also talk about the people who just got out of the SUV in the parking lot and are walking in. Who are they really? What are they really up to? This may be a side effect of talking with thriller authors every week.
We had a Koi Pond at the first house we rented together. We now own our home and have a 110 gallon fish tank in the living room. The Koi have gotten too big for the tank; we need a Koi Pond in the worst way. I’ve been planning to dig one for 2 years now. Maybe this fall…