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I was born the older of a set of twins on March 23, 1954. It turns out to matter that you are the older twin only if you happen to be royalty. Then you get to be King, while your brother, born just a few minutes later, is the Duke of Cornwall. Not being royalty, I was simply one of six children on a small dairy farm in the northwest corner of Illinois. We farmed two hundred and fifty acres, milked thirty head of Holstein cows, and went to church on Sunday in the little Methodist church in the valley below our farm.

I left the farm to attend Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. (I mention those last two, because, outside of the ceremony where those honors are bestowed, there are remarkably few opportunities to bring them up in conversation, and this seemed like a good chance.) I met my wife Cindy on the first day of orientation at Knox, and we were married shortly after graduation. I went on to receive a DDS degree from the University of Illinois, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. (Again, this seemed a good opportunity to bring it up.) I then did a Residency at Michael Reese Hospital.
We moved to Frankfort in 1981 and opened a small dental office. We raised two wonderful children, Corielle and Tony, who are now grown, happily married, and settled into lives of their own. After forty years, I am now retired. Cindy and I continue to live in Frankfort with our dog Coco. In my retirement we have plans to travel. I also hope to shout at children telling them to stay off my lawn, and I may learn to play the accordion.

About twelve years ago, a neighborhood magazine was soliciting content from residents, and I wrote the story “A Methodist goes to Shabbat” describing a recent visit with my daughter at her college. I wrote another story each month for the next several years. As I approached my retirement, I decided to dust those stories off, put them into a collection, and publish them for the entertainment of my children, my eventual grandchildren, and my old patients. I hope you enjoy them as well.