About Me


In the fall of 2012 I was married and living in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago and teaching English at a university downtown. However, this changed in the next few months. In November my wife died from complications of diabetes, stomach flu and Addison’s disease and then in July of 2013 I was laid off from what I had assumed was a pretty secure teaching job. Although I found work as an adjunct English professor and textbook writer, I did not really have much of an idea of what to do with my life until I began thinking about the original Plan B I had when I moved to Chicago in 1985 which was to go to Japan to teach English if I did not get into graduate school. I had abandoned this idea when I was accepted to the University of Chicago where I met my wife and started a family and eventually completed a PhD in English.
After talking to some friends in Japan I discovered that due to some changes in Japanese education policy, now is one of the best times to go to Japan to teach English. So now I am giving away nearly all of my possessions and moving to Tokyo to start a new life teaching English in Japan. The famous pessimist and misanthrope F. Scott Fitzgerald said that there are no second acts in American lives. I want to prove him wrong.


5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Beatrice

    Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures in life. If you get a chance, visit Sado Island which is home to Kodo , the most famous Taiko group in Japan. I think they have a festival every year in the summer….

    • That sounds like a great idea. I missed them the last time they were in Chicago. There is a big Shingon temple in my neighborhood which I am going to try to visit.

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