"Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror."
Since 2005, I have been a professor of English, first at Tarleton State University and currently at Texas Woman's University where I teach graduate and undergraduate courses and direct dissertations in rhetoric. Rhetoric is one of the oldest intellectual traditions of the West and was a foundational department of study as the first European universities were founded, an essential component of the Latin Trivium. Rhetoric is the exploration of language and what it means to be a human communicating. And, well, I like communicating quite a bit! I hold a PhD from TCU, home of the Horned Frogs.
"Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me."
I am a native son of Texas, a scion of its endless expanses of prairies and grasses and the towers, shops, and bars of Dallas/Fort Worth, equally at home under the Big Sky or in the big cities. My favorite pastimes are having a drink or a coffee in a local hotel, talking to passers-through about their lives and homes or settling into a library or archive and communicating with those long (or recently) gone through the papers and ephemera they left behind. My family and friends are enormously important to me and I hold them close even as I live in splendid solitude with fearless Toby Chihuahua.
"Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand." -Rilke
Ah, so many, past and present, with new ones just waiting over the horizon! Travel, for sure--all over the wide USA and Central and Latin America and the Caribbean. I've been to many corners of Europe, and India and South Korea. Eventually, the Nile, Fez, and Tangier! I love poetry, which has so often sustained me when I needed it to (Whitman, Wilde, Auden, Lorde, Bishop, and others). Rhetoric's history, and the myriad ways people have found to talk to each other through the centuries. The radiantly resilient LGBTQ+ community, my sine qua non.