The progeny that I raised with my ex-wife Amy Barley are all grown up now. Jackie is 25 and graduated from NYU (where she spent time in Paris and Abu Dhabi while she was a student) with honors in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She is working in TV and movies (and is listed in the credits of Infinity War). See her webpage.
Eli is 22 and attending Beloit College in Wisconsin where he is majoring in Cognitive Science. He spent a semester in New Zealand in 2018. Eli has been creating world class digital art.
Watching the children grow into accomplished young adults is one of the essential joys of my life.
I was born on February 25th, 1966 in Miami, Florida. That makes me…old. I grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. I also lived in Rochester, New York (for six months) and Longview, Texas (for two years), before heading off to college. (We followed dad around when he was transferred.) As a result of his transfer-survival techniques, my dad became a big banana at Eastman Chemical Company. Dad is retired now and lives on Dewees Island in South Carolina. He thinks he is a pirate. Dad taught me hedonism, which I practice to this day.
My mom died of leukemia in 2003. It’s from her that I inherited my drive and ambition.
I have two brothers. Chris, the youngest, finished his Biology degree at Emory and moved to Washington, DC. He and his wife Esther have an adorable baby named Cora. Walt, one year younger than me, used to write TV for a living (CNN and Nick News for Kids). He now lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Nora and two adorable kids. A few years ago, Walt won an Emmy for his work. One year he was beat out by Bill Nye the Science Guy (really).
I am currently single and living by myself on the banks of the Shenandoah river near Berryville. I was married to Amy Barley for almost 30 years before we split up in 2019. We lived together for 34 years after meeting at the University of Virginia in 1985 and I was heartbroken when she decided to leave during a massive midlife crisis. We lived in Charlottesville, Bloomington, Bean Blossom, Cognola (Italy), Waterford, Leesburg and finally Berryville during our time together.