Welcome to my web home for sharing information about topics that interest me — and maybe you.
They include: parent monitoring of baby milestones, investment methods for American expats, and inexpensive ways to create a personal web presence.
I’m a retired professor, family guy, conversationalist, coffee enthusiast, pet and sports lover, and observer of the human condition in all its beauty and horror.
My wife, four children, and grandson continue to home school me. They all find me to be a slow learner.
Follow my posts for more information about any or all of these topics.
Born in a small Western American town in the late 1940’s, I enjoyed a happy 1950’s childhood and relatively calm ’60’s adolescence.
At 17 I happened to read a series of magazine articles about prominent American universities, a chance event that broadened my horizons.
I went to Stanford University, where I encountered culture shock, the impostor syndrome, and a love of university life. I had found my niche.
I married and was blessed with two children. Years passed. After a divorce and a second marriage I became an older father to two more children.
Many years of parenting have accumulated, and now I see my family and children as my greatest accomplishments. As a bonus I now have a grandson who makes me laugh a lot.
Parenting has been incredibly rewarding, has taught me many life lessons and was indispensable to my academic career in developmental psychology.
Retirement gave me less money but more time. I struggled to find a new identity for awhile and then chose to work on several projects described below.
Meanwhile I enjoy helping my kids, chatting with others, and in being part of a community. I savor simple things like the warmth of the winter sun, pets, good coffee, and watching a toddler climb stairs.
The writer Thoreau said that the young person gathers supplies to build a bridge to the moon. When older, they use what they collected to build a shed. How true.
The younger me wanted to create new knowledge. Now, the older me wants to help others by sharing what I know. Those enterprises are described in Projects.
You could blame Wyoming public schools, Stanford University, and the University of Illinois for my formal education, but that would be unfair. I’ve had lots of time to forget the good things they taught me.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., 1977, Developmental Psychology
M.A., 1973, Personality Psychology
B.A., 1971, Psychology (with distinction)
Wyoming public schools, 1955-1967
Mrs. Beede’s Kindergarten, 1954
University of Manitoba (Canada), Psychology
Senior Scholar, 2015-present.
Associate Head (Undergraduate), 2002.
Associate Head (Graduate), 1988-1989, 1996.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, 1981-1988.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, 1976-1981.
University of Otago (New Zealand), Psychology
Visiting Professor, 2004-2005.
Arizona State University (USA), Psychology
Visiting Associate Professor, 1982-1983.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), Psychology
National Institute of Child Health and Development Trainee, 1974-1976.
Baby milestones; DIY investing; writing for the general public; Google My Business; local search; WordPress; Carrd
Child development; individual differences; survival analysis; SAS statistical software, survey construction; academic writing; graphical presentation
Most of my employed life was spent at the University of Manitoba, where I mentored, taught, and published for 38 years on topics related to infant and child development. I was very fortunate to have such an engaging job in a stimulating setting.
Here’s a link to my academic resume, otherwise known as a curriculum vitae or cv. It has details about my university teaching and research publications.
For my university research I needed lots of parents to answer questions about their babies. That cost money I didn’t have. Instead I tried web advertising for data collection, which was very new then. To my surprise, it worked! It was exciting to have parents from around the world share their observations.
I had stumbled on the use of web tools for research problems. It was interesting and fun, and I learned a lot about web-based research. As a result I have an odd mix of academic expertise and writing on the web for the general public. I’m now using that combination of skills for several projects described below.
Having grown up around my family’s small business, I’ve noticed that many local businesses have no web presence. That’s disastrous when we search with our cell phones. I’ve learned how a small business can set up an effective local business site for with a little-known Google app, Google My Business. It’s confusing to set up, and I can help.
Are you the parent of a baby? The observation tools at SecretMilestones.com will help you notice and appreciate your baby’s many subtle achievements. Use the site’s tools and you’ll recognize dozens of hidden baby milestones. Seeing these signs of progress will encourage and reassure you.
American citizens who reside outside the US, like me, have complicated tax lives. Even simple investments, like owning non-US mutual funds, require complex IRS tax forms. They are unnecessary if you own stocks directly, which sounds complicated. It’s not if you use a proven DIY investment method called the 2-Minute Portfolio. I’ve written a step-by-step guide about setting it up and using it.
Small Business Web Presence
Like individuals, small and solo businesses can benefit greatly from a web presence. Many don’t have one. There’s a free Google tool called Google My Business, but it’s not easily found or readily implemented. Do you have a small business with no web presence? If you don’t, you should contact me for encouragement on setting up a GMB site.