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This is a selfie at the fishing village, Finisterrae, in northwest Spain. And those are my hiking shoes, tied to the end of my trekking pole, stuck in the crevice of a large rock overlooking the Atlantic. I had recently completed my second walk along the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, and was visiting the place once considered to be the end of the world, hence the name (finis, end; terrae, land). I learned quite a bit about myself along that 550-mile trek, and made more than a handful of new, lifelong friends from such places as Denmark, England, Norway, South Africa and Spain.

I'm a native Houstonian, now living in small-town central Texas, with my wife, a neurotic and we think half-blind miniature dachshund, and a bulimic rescued calico cat. These strange animals are not the best of friends, but they mostly tolerate each other.

I'm re-starting my blog, "Thoughts n' stuff," with semi-regular meanderings about life and whatever else comes to mind. Along with my books, I write a weekly column for the Copperas Cove Banner newspaper. Here's a link to the website:
http://covebanner.com. When you get there, click on e-edition, and then current edition for the latest issue. You can also click on archive issues to look at past editions. My columns run on p. 5.

I have a journalism degree from the University of Houston, and was a newspaper reporter and photographer for 15 years. I offer
proofreading, editing and ghostwriting services for fellow writers. If you have the urge to write, just do it. As a friend of mine once said, "Writers write." So that's what I do. And so should you ...

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