I live in the northeast suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, with my wife, three kids, and a small fluffy dog. I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home since 1999, so I can spend time here at home instead of sitting in rush hour twice a day.

I’m an engineering manager at NTT (AS2914), a tier-1 Internet backbone. I lead a team of software engineers creating tools to manage, automate, monitor, and analyze our network.

(By the way, nothing I say on this site represents my employer; any opinions are my own)

One of my kids has several food allergies. This led my wife to start an awareness project called Light It Teal. Every year, she finds buildings, monuments, and even waterfalls to light up in teal, the color of food allergy awareness. Check it out!

Oprah and I agree: the Kindle is amazing. I have a Paperwhite currently and I love it.

I dislike yard work, yet every house I move into has a bigger yard and more landscaping than the one before.

Sto imparando l’italiano perché i miei bisnonni venivano da Messina in Sicilia circa 1910.

I volunteer for Distributed Proofreaders, an affiliate of Project Gutenberg. We create high-quality ebooks from books that have entered the public domain.

The idea behind Distributed Proofreaders is simple. Volunteers proofread (and then format) scans of books, one page at a time. Every page goes through multiple rounds so different people see each page. At the end, one final person (the post-processor) takes that carefully proofed text and turns it into an ebook to be published on Project Gutenberg.

Over the past 20+ years, I’ve proofed pages from many books, too many to count. In more recent years, I’ve started to work in post-processing as well. It can be tedious work, but it’s satisfying to me. Here are some of the books I’ve helped to publish as a post-processor. I may have been the “last hands” to bring an ebook to its final form, but for each of these books, between dozens to hundreds of other volunteers spent countless hours carefully cleaning up the text before the material got to me.

Do you have 15 minutes a day to spare? Come on over to DP and check it out–even if you only have the time to proofread or format a single page a day, your help would be greatly appreciated! If proofreading doesn’t sound like fun, stop by the Smooth Reading section, we’re always looking for help reading not-yet-published ebooks and we welcome any feedback from you as a reader as well!

Published Title
1855 “How Can I Help to Abolish Slavery?” or, Counsels to the Newly Converted: Anti-Slavery Tracts No. 14
1880 Phallic Worship
1820 A Statement of Facts Tending to Establish an Estimate of the True Value and Present State of Vaccination
1883 Journal History of the Twenty-Ninth Ohio Veteran Volunteers, 1861-1865
1868 Go-Ahead; Or, The Fisher-Boy’s Motto
1826 Symmes’s Theory of Concentric Spheres
1860 A Book of Christian Sonnets
1900 Winefred: A Story of the Chalk Cliffs
1899 Miss Fairfax of Virginia: A Romance of Love and Adventure Under the Palmettos