I am a freelance writer, currently in east Tennessee after 6 years living in Salinas, Ecuador on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. How I got there is a story in itself, and will someday be fully told over the pages of this blog.

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Currently I am trying to get started in the field of voiceovers and voice actors, to add to my portfolio as a freelance writer for International Living and some other publications, but prior to that I worked as a computer/network engineer assigned to support the US Senate.

I am 62 years old and semi-retired. I was married to my first wife, Carolyn, for just 22 days short of 25 years. She died of complications arising from cancer in December of 2008. We had two children, a boy and a girl, now adults and married with children of their own.

I was pretty much ready to run out the clock by myself, but much to my surprise, I met and fell in love with another wonderful woman, Rita. Even more surprising, she decided she would like to marry me. Still don’t completely understand that.

With Carolyn I had travelled to France and Hawaii, and several other states. Once Rita and I were together, we indulged in a mutual love of travel to see more of the world.

After a few years, we started hearing about Ecuador as a place where you could still get a place on the beach where the weather is warm and not spend a fortune. We came to see for ourselves in early 2013, and fell in love with the place. By March of 2013 we had purchased a 2,000 square-foot oceanfront condo, and made preparation to move there.

We enjoyed a wonderful life on the southwest coast of Ecuador, and because of the move I was able to retire early and began writing. Actually, the move was transformative for me in many ways. We spent a lot of time there exploring Ecuador, and started to travel to other parts of South America as well. We even managed to train for and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!

Now (early 2020) we find ourselves in a transitional phase, as we prepare to try a life of “roving retirement”. we plan to spend two to three months living in different parts of the world, stopping back in the States a few times a year to visit family and friends.

Of course, life has not always been wonderful, and over time I hope in these pages to cover the good, the bad, and the ugly – as well as the adventure and excitement of living in a different country, and exploring new places.

I hope you join me, and don’t be a stranger – use the Contact page to send me any questions or topics you would like me to cover.


Our home, Salinas Ecuador
Salinas Ecuador