Our Homestead

I spent most of my life as an inventor, corporate executive, entrepreneur and high tech engineer. I worked on everything from super secret National Security projects to innovative Silicon Valley high tech devices. I have a lot of the original patents in the field of nanotchnology. At 45 years of age, I got tired of the rat race, and retired. My wife and I moved back to West Texas, where I grew up.

I split my time between being a Missionary, a High School Teacher and a prepper/homesteader.

Over the last ten years we have been building our homestead, and enjoying the peace and joy that comes from a rural lifestyle. This blog is about us sharing some of the things we have learned in developing our homestead.

12 thoughts on “About”

  1. I am glad to see you are doing well. I have been worried since you haven’t been posting to Old Picture of the Day. Still hoping you may return to that as well as your new homesteading blog!

  2. Hello
    I foundyour blog by coincidence when I was searching lessons for Arduino. I must say that yours teaching videos are very good. And also nice to see this blog about farming, much prespect and props, to live in peace at a farm is a blessing. Wish you all the best.

    Kind regards

  3. Accidentally ran across your blog and website. Enjoyed your pictures and historical perspective. Turns out I live about 3 blocks west of your house. Do you still dabble in inventions. Thanks.

    1. Small world.

      I have twenty something patents and am always thinking of new ideas. Lately I spend most of my time working with young people, and missions work.

      Thanks for your comment.

  4. Dear Sir,
    While I was searching for something new to learn, I found Arduino, and got very interested in it, specifically to teach the same to my 10 yrs old Son – Alex, who is very much fascinated about the working of Robots.

    While surfing the net for Arduino, I came across your lessons on Arduino and found them very useful and easy for step-by-step learning. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Then I visited your web-page and felt impressed to know about your thoughts and life, specifically for enjoying the peace and joy that comes from a rural lifestyle in your own homestead.

  5. You are my hero! After 30 years of Zoo work, I also retired from a director position and became a school teacher. I believe its essential to educate the future. I teach science (biology, chemistry, and physics) in a small rural school in western Kansas. Recently we’ve developed a class focusing on food security for starving nations. We teach thermal composting, vermiculture, sustainable food production, raising poultry, aquaponics and with your help including Ardunio. I’m not sure how Ardunio fits in, but its no doubt the future. Thank you for your help with Ardunio. Your video’s are incredible. You have taught an old dog some new tricks!


  6. Thank you for taking the time to produce the Arduino videos. I have very little experience in electronics…just really basic stuff and found the tutorials easy to follow. Also was very happy to see you are a brother in the Lord.
    D in Queensland, Australia

  7. Dear Paul
    I am truly delighted to look at an enthusiast teacher trying to relay his knowledge without any limitation. Thank you for your approach and you willingness to convey part of your experience to others.

  8. Paul,
    I just discovered your excellent Arduino videos for which comments are now closed. One small technically incorrect thing: you keep referring to the “void setup” and “void loop” sections between the curly brackets. These are actually simply “setup” and “loop”.
    “void” is the command given at the beginning (outside the curlies) to clear the section of any existing data to make sure it is ‘reset to zero’ before starting…so you shouldn’t really say “Now look at the void loop section…” My apologies if someone has already pointed this out, there are many comments. Thank you for the great lessons.

  9. Paul McWhorter, I have been told that I am something of a teaching phenom (I don’t believe it) but had I learned about you and learned teaching from you, I have no doubt that I would indeed have been a true phenom. Well taught.

    That said, how can I contact you?
    I have been following the Fusion 360 tutorials but cannot get my 360 to do what you do in lesson 1; even though I start and stop the video, using each pause to replicate your directions.

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