Me with caribou horns in Anaktuvuk Pass near the village of Anaktuvuk.  My daughter Megan, a professional tour guide at that time, brought me here as one of her regular tourists out of Fairbanks.  The Pass crosses the continental divide in the Brooks Range. It separates Alaska's North Slope to the north from the Yukon River Valley to the south.  Anaktuvuk Pass is one of the planet's magical places. > -------------

Hello. Welcome to my Web Site.

Anaktuvuk village in the background.

Some of my favorite travel images are in a slideshow. To see the show click HERE.

Several of my favorite images are organized by year. To choose year and look at pix click HERE.

NOTE: Page displays for favorite personal Drawings and Paintings organized by medium are under construction.

New Venture: Our latest book length release: a collection of 10 short pieces of historic fiction in book form (See book covers above)published November 29, 2019 under the title Cassiopeia's Quest - Revelation. The basic stories in the new release were set in motion in an earlier version of the collection, Cassiopeia's Quest, published June 2018. In our latest releast we focus on character development, plot and story telling rather than rely too heavily on summary, background and context descriptions to carry the story as we did in the first book. These 10 stories and the 10 young female protagonists each help to define and illuminate the evolving culture and hard-won humanity of the species known as homo sapiens. Our descent from the closed and comforting environment among the enfolding trees to a harsher, more open, more challenging savanna makes us who we are. The collection chronology in the 10 stories is long; ...from a resting place for nomadic hunter-gatherers in the east African Savanna 100,000 years ago to a commercial crab boat crewed by women in the Bering Sea Crab fishery in the near future. Their boat, the Aleutian Challenger is working far to the west of Alaska's west coast. They are north of the Aleutian Chain near St. Paul Island.

Click this link HERE. It will take you to an 8 minute YouTube video with the paintings, protagonists and story lines at the root of each of the 10 stories I have written for Cassiopeia's Quest, and Cassiopeia's Quest - Revelation. I have carefully selected a 500 to 1500 word excerpt from each of the stories and commentaries in the November 2019 release. They are available for reading or, on some newer computers, audio listening, as introductions to the fiction in each of the 10 stories by clicking HERE. The 10 excerpts are in a single .PDF file. Click HERE. to see a 3 minute video showing the image and name of each protagonist associated with the story title.

Cassiopeia's Quest and Cassiopeia's Quest - Revelation are both available for purchase on Amazon in an eBook format downloadable into a Kindle reader for $2.99, or in paperback with grayscale imagery for $12.50. An illustrated version of Cassiopeia's Quest with 12 pages of full color maps and illustrations - released in June 2018 - is also available on Amazon for $15.00. Click HERE to connect to my book page on Amazon. When you click on the book's cover you can learn more about Cassiopeia's Quest and Cassiopeia's Quest - Revelation. You can add the book to your cart, and then purchase by following Amazon's standard procedures for payment and shipping. We support independent book sellers and local printers so the books listed above are also available as paperbacks through local book sales venues and outlets in Juneau, Alaska. Wider distributions to independent book sellers around Alaska and across the U.S. are in the works. With enough advance notice and some help with travel I am happy to take myself, the books and some research notes on the road for public presentations.

My Business Venture.

My work day is mostly spent writing, editing and book promotion and selling. When possible I do some drawing and painting for relaxation, with some digital media and small systems design client projects thrown in to spice things up. Gardening, reading, teaching, potlucks with friends, and planning trips to visit children, grandchildren, siblings and extended families around north America rounds out my social life. In other words, mostly, I am a lucky guy with more than my share of things to be thankful for. At this writing it is the day before Thanksgiving 2019 and the preceding statement is even more heartfelt.

I occasionally sell mentoring services through my small business... Click HERE to link to my business web site, Small Systems Design Associates. We are based in Juneau, Alaska, USA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Small Systems Design Associates built the original Small Systems site, and this original site during 2010. We did a major technical upgrade, redesign, and rebuild of the Small Systems site in 2012, and then rebuilt this site in May, 2014. All the original source files with the most recent updates were destroyed in a computer/network/HDD crash; the site was then re-installed from backup onto rebuilt equipment on 5/22/2017. This page was re-designed and updated 12/3/2018 and, today, 1/16/2020 to reflect the release of our third book Cassiopeia's Quest - Revelation.