Miscellaneous Stuff

Although I am a composer and music teacher, I maintain an interest in a wide number of things not directly related to music. Some of these are rather silly, but nevertheless they hold my interest and allow me the opportunity to take occasional breaks from musical notation. Below are some non-music sites for which I am to blame:

Carmichael Saga — A description of my wife’s books about the Carmichael family of Victorian England, full of intrigue and romance, all set within the context of the Crimean War.

Christmas Letters — An archive of our family’s annual Christmas letters that no doubt someday will be read at my commitment hearing.

Composer & Performer Biographies — Several short biographies and other data about some well-known composers and performers in whom I have a special interest.

Confessions of an Antegoth — A bit of my history with the goth subculture.

Craton Genealogy Homepage — As its name implies, a website devoted to research on my genealogical line, looking specifically at the lineage of Thomas Howell Craton of Paulding County, Georgia.

Dreamland — Dreams have long fascinated me, and some of my thoughts about dreams and why we dream can be found here.

How I Became Interested in the Paranormal — An essay I wrote several years ago for the Christian Cryptozoology and Paranormal Study Group, in which I explain how I developed an interest in these subjects.

Jews in Colonial America — A research paper I did while a senior in high school; recently unearthed and presented here simply because the subject is little known.

Moods — A very silly site originally created while I was in undergrad (long before the internet). Be prepared for some adolescent humor.

My Experience with Avonex — A record of my first year on this medication, presented in the hope of minimizing the fears of others who have to take it.

Paula Prentiss Home Page — A website devoted to the American actress, created in cooperation with Panamanian film critic Edgar Soberón-Torchia.

The ’Possum Pages — Here you will find my online homage to a fascinating animal that is America’s only marsupial.

Poetic Writings — A few of many poems I wrote when I was younger, which may explain why I write music these days instead of poetry.

Religious Writings — Links to some of my religious writings, some short, others book-length. There is some heavy reading in some of these.

Remembering the Blizzard of ’78 — A short remembrance of my experience with the Blizzard of 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana; written while anticipating a major snowstorm in 2021.

Remembering When... — Reminiscing about when my hands worked in my younger days with links to recordings of various keyboard pieces I used to be able to play with some degree of recognition.

St. John of Kronstadt Fellowship — The website of the Orthodox Christian fellowship in Mitchell, Indiana.

A Tribute to Some of My Teachers — as the title implies, this is a tribute page to some of my music teachers, all of whom had a profound influence on my life.

Vehicles I Have Owned ... And What Became of Them — Basically just a summary of all the different vehicles I have used over the years to transport my person (and others) from one place to another. Primarily of interest — if of interest at all — to car buffs and/or masochists.

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