I am an Appalachian author, Professor emeritus at Marshall University, the father of two daughters and grandfather to 5 boys and one girl. I was born on a farm in Southern Ohio and have earned degrees from Rio Grande College, Marshall University, and the University of Tennessee. After teaching 20 years I reverted to the old ways, started chewing tobacco, wearing farmer's caps, talking in strong nouns and verbs, going by my first name, became known for my easy courses. This led to a downfall where I had to revert to writing country stories in order to pay my bills, buy Tommy cologne, and high priced styling mousse.My latest publications include: Nonfiction - Tragedy On Greasy Ridge and Tick Ridge Faces The South published by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, Ashland, Ky. Essays -Kristin Scott Benson, Master of Bluegrass Banjo in Bluegrass Unlimited; Selected journals - Timeline, McGuffin, Now and Then, Backwoods Home; Encyclopedia of Appalachia - Waterloo Wonders, Bevo Francis.