I live with my wife and eight children in Lander, Wyoming. My paycheck comes from teaching theology for Wyoming Catholic College, and of course a lot of my writing reflects that, but really my writing falls into three areas.
First and most fundamentally, I write about my family. In fact, I’m writing about my family when I write anything at all, because all my fun stories and neat insights come ultimately from the rich relationships I live out every day. This family life is the “new song” God has given me, and everything else is bits and snatches of the one melody. But I do sometimes just write directly about my kids.
Secondly, I write stories. These are mostly just fun tales, although sometimes I try to get serious and convey a moral and all that. My first novel was an epic story of the robot that (nearly) took over Middleton—I think the moral there is that little boys should clean their rooms, but you’ll have to ask my readers. I also write poetry, mostly serious and some just playing around. Thanks to a friend, some of my poetry has been set to music!
Lastly, I write about what I teach about. My intellectual life is so bound up with my teaching that what I write is usually the spillover, the superabundance, of a conversation that took place in class or at the office. Some of my work has been published in academic journals and some of it in more popular venues, but some of my serious work is just sitting on the Internet for anyone who finds it helpful. I recently published a book that brings together about twenty years of reflection on Scripture: Cur Deus Verba: Why the Word Became Words.
Aside from teaching and writing, I work for the Aquinas Institute, whose mission is to get all the works of St. Thomas Aquinas published in sturdy Latin/English editions. Although I cobble together the occasional blog post, and I translated the Commentary on Matthew, most of my Aquinas Institute work is editing translations other people have done.
If this is your first time visiting this site, welcome and enjoy! Or if you have known me and my work for a while, drop me a note sometime and tell me what you’ve been writing lately.
About the website itself: I’m running the 2016 WordPress theme, with a few tweaks to the CSS. All the banner photos are my own, taken in and around my very photogenic home town of Lander, Wyoming.