David and his bride Nina doing research with the reenactors.  We have traveled throughout the South searching for juicy bits and pieces to enrich in the novels.

David and Nina with our research mascot Geno the Cat.  Geno has been north of the Arctic Circle, snorkled in Fiji, hiked Uluru in Australia, lived in a villa in Tuscany, driven the Baja, strolled Pall Mall, hoisted a pint in Dublin and chased mice in Buffalo.

Nina Smeltz is a fiber artist whose work is regularly displayed at the Chautauqua Institute.  The background is an award winning hand-dyed quilted wall hanging.  Her art is widely sold in up-state New York.

My son Ted, on the left, is a classical violinist and violist.  Baldwin-Wallace for music performance and Fredonia for his M.A.  He loves Filipino martial arts and target shooting.

My son Andrew on the left is a tycoon in Manhattan. (One of the good guys.)  He went to Cornell for his B.A. and Yale for his M.B.A.  He's a jock who knows his way around a wine cellar.

The family home near the beach is a joy to our lives.  We live twenty miles down Lake Erie from Buffalo, in the "Snow Belt".

The sunsets on our Lake Erie beach in the summer make the winter snows worth it.

I drag my kayak to the Lake twice a week, paddle half way to Canada, listen to Jimmy Buffet and eat peanuts.

Geno and the author engaged in serious research for the sixth installment of the Sawyer Memoirs, BUMMING THE GLORY ROAD! Colonel Sidney Sawyer chronicles his adventures marching through Georgia.