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Read about my latest children's book,
MYSTERY AT MINER'S CREEK.

This is the place to learn about my new and forthcoming children's books, where to get them and what others are saying about them. And I'll share news on works in progress with you, too!

Once I let myself get started writing, there is always something in progress. At the moment, I am working on my second boys' mystery story -- though I think girls will like it too. THE DESERT FATHER MYSTERY is calling for some research, this time in archaeology. I've been reading up on cliff dwellings, as a matter of fact.

Besides this book, I also have another one in hand, this one for older readers. It is a science fiction novel, in fact, and you can read about it on my science fiction site.

Besides these, I seem to keep writing short stories -- usually science fiction -- and they seem to end up published somewhere or other. And essays -- mostly on education or raising children, though the most recent was on writing Catholic science fiction. That one will be appearing in a free e-book on Catholic writing. I'll keep you posted on how to download this when it becomes available.

And, just in case I get bored, I also edit the magazine HEREDITAS, a Catholic literary magazine, mostly aimed at high school and college students, though older people seem to like it too. There is a link for this on the link page of this site. Somewhere in the HEREDITAS site, you should find writers' guidelines -- just in case you want to send us anything.

I cordially invite you to look around my site -- and bear with my lack of computer expertise -- and see what's published or in the works.

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Here I am, standing by the door of my son's cob building. Cob, in this case, refers to a material made of clay, sand, and straw, worked together with water by foot. He built it last summer, mostly by himself, though a few of us other people helped a little. I know I did some of the foot work --just like Bible people. And I helped hold some of the willow beams for the roof. The building is mostly round, so the roof looks like something from a fairy tale.
There are not many cob building left these days, though the pioneers built a few. There was once a cob church in our area, but it was later torn down. In other countries, there are some very old cob structures. Some of the English cottages are hundreds of years old. In the middle east there are cob structures thousands of years old. All you have to do is keep it dry. That means the roof must overhang and the foundation must be of stone. We hauled a lot of "urbanite" (which is broken up roads and sidewalks) from the dump to build the foundation. It has to be about three feet deep and then another two feet above ground before you put on the cob. And you can use anything hard that won't compress too much for the underground part -- broken dishes, nonworking power tools, dead computers. Archaeologists of the future are going to have fun with this building!