Hi, welcome to my home on the Net. It won't be filled
with gimmicks, but I hope to make it interesting. There will be more to
come. I've finished my autobiography. It took four years to write. It is
titled, "Hanging by a Thread." If you want to read excerpts, please click here. I am working on getting
it published. I'll let you know when that happens.
For those of you
who need to know, I was paralyzed in an accident during spinal surgery in
1963, when I was twenty and a junior in college. Although my hands and arms were paralyzed, I recovered well from that,
and came out walking. I resumed my studies and went on to graduate school.
The world, however, remains a place where physical disability is a handicap.
When I left industry, I found that I couldn't return. When I couldn't get
tenure as a college professor, I was sidelined in routine administrative
work. My research wasn't taken seriously, but now some areas of it, like
cloning and artificial intelligence, have become hot topics.
My injured spinal
cord keeps losing neurons as I age. I had to stop walking in 1992. In 1995,
I lost my abdominal muscles. Losing abdominal stability affects my torso,
and eating, driving, and writing. I now write only with my computers.
So, I am shifting
gears. Once I have attained a reasonable sustaining retirement income, I
will enter a new career. It will involve writing, volunteering, and may involve computers, but I'm not sure exactly what form it will take. More on this later.
On September 4,
1998, I drove home a 1998 Ford Windstar GL minivan that I bought in Phoenix
in October, 1997. The floor was lowered 10 inches, removable front seats
were added, and a kneeling system with an automatic folding ramp was added
at Vantage Mobility in Phoenix. It was shipped here in January. Mobility Plus
added an EZ Lock wheelchair securement system, a left hand digital
electronic gas-brake unit, a right hand zero-pressure digital electronic
steering unit, a console for all controls, and a head button for essential
over-the-road controls. It was complicated and tricky to drive, but I was free
to go where I pleased again after three years of riding the always late or too early Metrolift system.
The 1998 Windstar served me
96,000 miles and helped transport the President of Houston ADAPT, a disabled
advocate organization. After he died from pneumonia, I gave the van to the Houston Center for Independent Living. The administrative assistant, a women in a push wheelchair, bought it and drive with hand controls.
Thanksgiving, 2006, I brought home my 2006 Freestar from Mobility Plus. It
has the same driving controls as the
Windstar and operates some functions by voice rather than head button.
I've embarked on
a new career. Taking an idea I held for over twenty years from my research
into the future of technology and intelligence, I wrote a novel. The idea
is called the Kaleidoscope Effect. I posted
the chapters as I wrote and rewrote them, warts and all.
The Kaleidoscope Effect was a finalist in the
Bookbooters 2000-2001 eBook of the Year Awards. I then revamped Hanging by a Thread, and wrote the epic "mirror"
to Kaleidoscope called Alone?. My next project
was War's End, my take on ending terrorism
and war. I'm now working on a sequel, American
Mole, giving the domestic perspective in three parts. American Mole: the Vespers was completed in March, 2008, with more to come. You the reader, are invited
to participate by emailing me your comments, corrections, and suggestions
as I post chapters. I'm especially interested in getting the facts straight.
If I'm wrong, write me and I'll correct the problem. Happy reading ....