Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Birthday: September 4, 1980
I enlisted into the United States Army right out of high school, where I served in combat arms as a Forward Observer. After being honorably discharged, I spent the greater portion of the last decade as a caregiver for my mother and father, who required nearly round the clock care as a result of several conditions and disabilities.
While in college I studied Computer Forensics and Network Security, but both my mother and my sister obtained their master's degree in journalism and english, respectively. Having grown up in such an evironment, writing just came naturally to me.
I began my career with Patch as a freelancer in December of 2010, writing for sites across multiple counties before settling in with Patch's Montgomery County cluster. Now I'm the Local Editor for both out Ambler and Pottstown sites.
I was recently married to fellow-Patch freelancer Kristen McMaster, who gave birth to our first child – Evelyn Mae – on October 18, 2012/
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
Are you registered with a certain party?
Though I'm a registered Republican, my stance on many issues tends to be only slightly to the right of center.
I loathe the two-party system, as I believe it does more to divide people than issues themselves. Still, I view it as a necessary evil, since a three-party system would only further divide the public.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I was born and raised as a Roman Catholic, though I lost my faith quite a few years ago. I do not attend any church or services, though I have no issues with those who do.
I consider myself an envious-agnostic. I have no idea who or what made us, why we live, or what happens when we die. I do, however, miss the comfort that faith brought me in my youth, and I envy those whose convictions prohibit them from going astray.