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Thirty years ago I started writing about addiction. I got hooked. The more research I did and the more I wrote about the subject, the more impassioned I became. Myths and misconceptions about addiction persist, preventing  people from getting help. When people don't get help, they suffer. Some die. Too many. Families are torn apart. The suffering is unimaginable. So I keep plugging away.


All writers are storytellers. I've been privileged to work with several people who trusted me enough to let me help them tell their stories—William Cope Moyers, Elizabeth Loftus, Arthur Ciaramicoli, and Chris O'Dell. 

Ernest Kurtz, my coauthor on Experiencing Spirituality and The Spirituality of Imperfection introduced me to wisdom stories which use words in ways that go beyond words to speak the language of the heart. These stories help us explore the most basic human questions about meaning and time and life itself. As we write in our book, "stories convey the mystery and the miracle—the adventure -- of being alive."


I love my family and friends. I love photography. I love roses.  I love golf which reminds me of the 3 Spiritual "H's:" Humility, Honesty, and Humor. I love to travel but I love, even more, being home. Writing has led me to live a sort of hermit's life, which suits me just fine. I'm married to Pat Spencer, one of the kindest men in the world. Pat teaches geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. We have 3 wonderful children, Robyn, Alison, and Ben and an amazing extended family.