At 52, I am a retired stay-at-home dad. To accomplish that goal, I earned a Ph.D. in African-American history and literature and taught English for 25 years at Atlanta Metropolitan College, the University System of Georgia's answer to the educational needs of urban America. (Since I taught on the Internet, I decided to keep up a few pages of my students' work.)

After both our sons left for college, my wife, Charlene, and I spent a school year and several summers on the Redneck Riviera, Tybee Island, near Savannah. (I was one of the defendants - with the NY School of Visual Arts - in a multimillion dollar lawsuit alleging conspiracy to destroy the Savannah College of Art and Design.)

In 1996 we lived for six months in San Francisco, where Charlene was on assignment with Oracle Corporation. She still commutes to the Bay Area one week a month.

Though Charlene and I love the edgy diversity out West, we have been keeping to the more wholesome environs of Atlanta since we were joined by a lively and beautiful two-year-old daughter, Chantel.