I guess you could say that I never really grew up, but I was born and raised on a farm near Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, which is directly across the Susquehanna River from Mocanaqua and upstream from Wapwallopen and downstream from Nanticoke, so I became interested in languages at a young age. As mentioned before, my wife, children and I have lived in Australia for many years and in Papua New Guinea for even more. My hometown accent is long gone and I am solely to blame for any grammatical errors at this website. Although I still do not own a gun, Ford F150, or even a dog, I am quite content.

My grandson, Wesley Franklin, a graphic artist, has been the key innovator and helper for this website. Thanks Wes! He and his business partner have a website at studio 164a.

My wife and I are retired and now live in Waco, Texas. Our daughter Karol is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Baylor University and her husband, Mike is a Family Practitioner with 19 years of experience in family medicine. He is also Residency Program Director at the Family Health Center in Waco. Mike and Karol have three children: Kirsten (who has written and published a book), Evan and Cam.

Our son Kirk and his wife Christine live in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Kirk is the CEO of Wycliffe Global Alliance and Christine works at the Wycliffe Center at Kangaroo Ground.  He completed his PhD at the University of Pretoria in 2016 after a number of years of extensive study and research. They have three children: Wes, a graphic artist, is married to Heidi, with two boys Archie and Chase; Sam,  an architect, is married to Lyndsey; Alissa is completing a graduate diploma in counseling.

I am of the Christian faith (see, for example, the Apostle’s Creed) and have been a linguist, Bible translator, anthropologist, administrator, teacher and consultant. But my main claim to fame is that I married Joice.