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I’m a homeschooling father of three living in the heartland of the United States. I’ve been in the tech industry for over 15 years, but my real passion is for literature, children’s fiction, education, faith, and history. Not necessarily in that order.

I’m currently an MFA candidate at New Saint Andrews College.

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I write shorter content on fatherhood, homeschooling, and masculinity at FoundationFather.com. You can find me on Twitter under the same name.

I also run the Great Metaphors account.

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Make sense of the world and have fun doing it. Essays on culture and education, book and movie reviews, and serialized fiction. Beware: history nerds linger here.


A homeschooling father of three and tech industry veteran of 15+ years, living in the heartland of the United States. Writing at the intersections of faith, history, education, literature, and children's fiction.