I was born in Anniston, Alabama and have lived in northeast or central Alabama most of my life. I graduated from Ohatchee High School in 1987 and began my journalism career in 1994 as a sports stringer for The Anniston Star and a reporter for The Birmingham Times. I was married Kathy Shelton for 14 years. She died suddenly in 2009. I recently remarried to my lovely new wife, Michelle, who is the most beautiful woman I know. She is also the best Christian and Language Arts teacher that I know. I have two step-daughters from mine and Kathy's marriage, Gillian, 30, and Whitney, 26. I also have two grandsons, Austin, 12, and Gavin, 9. Gillian is their mom. I am also the proud new step-father to three step-daughters: Taylor, 16, Sydney, 12, and Sophie, 6. I have participated in the National Writing Project and the Jacksonville State University Summer Institute. I have been published in two education journals and, of course, here on Open To Hope. Reach me at email@example.com.