I have always enjoyed writing of all kinds. Communication is the life blood of any successful academic career and much of that is in the written form. And, I have come to believe that the truth about who we are and what we are about is not the private territory of scientists, that scientific and other non-fiction writings are only part of the human story that is often told with more impact, clarity and truth in works of fiction.

I have had the good fortune to have lived a fascinating life. Raised on a small farm near Nashville, I was part of a singing group in the late 50’s and early 60’s that had a top 5 selling record and interrupted my college career for year while I travelled about with various popular singers of the day. It was an education of another sort for a seventeen year old who had never set foot outside Tennessee.

It also earned me enough money to see my way through college and much of medical school. As an academic physician I’ve had the phenomenal opportunity to travel throughout most of Europe, Japan, China, Australia, the Philippines and a lot of other places. The real opportunity was to do that not as a tourist, but as a guest of gracious local people who were proud to share their unique cultures. Even more important has been the experience to share the intimate details of the lives of all kinds of people in all kinds of circumstances, often life or death ones. I also had the life-changing experience of dealing with my own cancer, an experience I would not have chosen, but that made me a different and I think better person.

I live with my lovely wife, Arlene Stecenko, in a loft in midtown Atlanta where I spend my days writing and doing the daily necessities. I retired from the faculty at Emory University Health Sciences Center recently after a long career in academic medicine. My professional education was at Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins and the University of California San Francisco and my academic career was at Vanderbilt and for the past ten years at Emory. Arlene is also a physician on the Emory faculty.

The other important people in mine and Arlene’s lives are my daughter, Heather Brigham Tiffany who lives with her husband Josh in Portland, Maine, my only and therefore favorite sister, Elizabeth Hill of Nashville and Arlene’s brother, Richard and his wife Lorna and the Stecenko Grand Dame (Arlene and Richard’s mother), Natalie. All of the Stecenkos except Arlene are lifelong residents of Winnipeg. I would like to think that I lured Arlene away to the south but in fact she left long before she know me.

Several years ago, Arlene and I fell in love with Venice and we bought a small studio there where we spend several weeks each year immersing ourselves in the most beautiful city in the world. Otherwise, we live in midtown Atlanta where we enjoy the weather, the rapidly proliferating restaurant scene and events at the Fox Theater, the High Museum and the Woodruff Performing Center (all within walking distance). We run in Piedmont Park, occasionally visit the Botanical Gardens or take in something at the Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech campus (all also within walking distance).

And I write.