Bare Bones Biography:
Born in St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Raised until the age of 8 (along with his four siblings and parents) in a two-room house with one sink and an outhouse in the back. At 16, lived with his grandfather in an uninsulated two-story house on the top of a ridge with a single propane heater in the living room, no running water, an ice box, and an outhouse.
BA from Rockhurst College, full tuition scholarship
MA from Southern Illinois University
Fulbright scholarship to the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, for one year
Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University
25 years of teaching at the college level, rising to position of Associate Professor
5 years of being part of a four-person team of writers for television daytime drama
Two nominations for Daytime Emmy award for outstanding drama series writing team
7 years of working for Contra Costa County with the Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill, ending as a Mental Health Professional II
Witness to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, September, 2005
A Disordered Life: A Memoir
The Stigma of Mental Illness and Its Effect on Three Generations
A family secret closely guarded for over 50 years. The entanglement of omissions and lies about Teresa Miller's sudden death at the age of 38. The effects of the trauma on the then 14-year-old Mary Miller, effects unwittingly passed on to her own children. The author's own traumatic experience when, at the age of 16, he was suddenly told his grandfather had "heart problems," and he had to "keep an eye on him" and phone his parents if he saw anything unusual. That he had to live with his grandfather in a house with an ice-box, no running water, an outhouse and a single propane heater in the living room, with no idea how long this would last.
A lifetime of distancing himself as far from the Kansas City, Missouri, truck garden where he had grown up, culminating at the top of Mt. Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania, 1100 miles from the South Pole.
The revelation, after the deaths of his mother and father, that his grandmother had not died at home of pneumonia, but had in fact been committed to a state mental asylum in St. Joseph, MO, where she died shortly after admittance.
The Author's mental health crisis when moving his own family from their Victorian home of 22 years in New Orleans, LA, to the cookie cutter suburbs of San Ramon, CA. The effects of the move on his 16-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter.
Brother, Murderer: A Harley Broder Mystery
New Orleans, August, 1990. Harley Broder is brought out of a deep sleep by a phone call from his Vietnam Vet brother, who has been out-of-touch for over a decade and has now been arrested for the murder of his former platoon sergeant. At Orleans Parish Prison, Jeff, promises to tell his brother "everything."
Jeff's narrative is interwoven with Harley's efforts to uncover what really happened, ranging from Uptown New Orleans to the inner reaches of the Atchafalaya Basin swamps. Jeff swears that, even in his hallucinatory aftermath, he is sure someone else was at the late-night meeting and that this person was the actual murderer.
The situation becomes ever more involved and dangerous, with Harley's journalist friend's investigation into Louisiana political corruption and the murdered Sergeant's involvement with mercenary activities in Apartheid era South Africa and illegal dogfighting compounding the situation. Even Harley's six-month-old tricolor beagle comes under threat of retaliation for Harley's persistent digging.
The madness of the Vietnam entanglement suffuses the ensuing actions of the characters, veterans and nonveterans alike, culminating in a violent confrontation at the construction site where Jeff supposedly murdered Etienne Dubroc.