Since retiring in 2011, my life has been busier than ever. Currently, I have a four-hour teaching load, but not in a WMU classroom. Now it's via seminars I give across the country almost every weekend, generally on topics dealing with Early Christianity and Ancient History.
In early fall, I also lead an annual Mediterranean seminar that continues the series Dr. Nick Hamner and I pioneered for WMU years ago. In 2014, we'll cruise from Rome to Egypt (IF things quiet down), Israel, Turkey, and Greece, October 3-18. (For more info, email@example.com).
I'm very grateful to any of you who have contributed to the Maier Fund for Ancient History, which is now an active endowment.
Having shivered through 52 Michigan winters, I finally bought a place in Bonita Springs, FL, where I can usually be found from November through April, although my wife, Joan, who loves the cold and hates the heat, keeps the home fires burning at our Oshtemo address. She is recovering well from a ruptured aneurysm she suffered on May 8 last year.
My books continue selling well, I'm grateful to say, and now show up in twenty foreign languages. Some have been optioned several times for screen purposes, but no explosion yet from any of those hissing Hollywood fuses, unfortunately.
I think it's great that the History Department is making our renewed contact possible!