An almost-exhaustive compendium of
photos of places I’ve lived over my 56 years
1961. The New Orleans hospital in which I was born.
1961. With G-ma Ruth on the steps of my parents’ residence hall at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
1962. Coushatta, Louisiana.
1964. My parents’ rental house in Columbia, Missouri.
1965. The house on Clayton in Columbia — my parents’ first home purchase.
On our way to church in Columbia, 1967. I am 5, Karen 3, and Beth a newborn.
1967. The rental house in Hannibal.
Inside this rental house in Hannibal.
1969. And just next door, the home my parents purchased in Hannibal.
1971. Lee’s Summit. The home on Wingate, in Briarcroft subdivision.
Inside that home on Wingate, my parents are canoodling.
1975. At the piano, in the home on Wingate.
1979. Just before I started college, my parents bought their dream home in Lee’s Summit.
1979. Landen Hall, at Southwest Baptist University. My college home for four years.
In my dorm room, decorating a Christmas tree during my freshman year at SBU.
I am missing photos of the places I lived during the summers of 1981 and 1982, as I worked in Missouri between college semesters. Summer 1981 was at Southwest Baptist University in the Admissions office; Summer 1982, in Tarkio as a summer missionary.
1983. Willow Springs. My first rental home.
1984. A townhouse in Blue Springs.
Townhouse living room. Drab. The painting on the wall is by Aunt Esther. The bookshelf is one I made as a kid. The coffee table was a Mom-&-Pop hand-me-down.
1986. I am missing a photo of the house I rented in Bolivar while I was Director of Admissions at Southwest Baptist University. The building has subsequently been demolished.
1987. A townhouse in Blue Springs, on Arlington Place. I was there four months.
1987. A duplex in Blue Springs, near Highway 7 and I-70.
1988. The first home I ever owned, on Summit Circle in Blue Springs.
1995. Just back from the UK, I rented out my home, and moved into Kansas City, where I lived in a loft in this building in the City Market.
1997. During my time at the University of Kansas, I lived in two different apartments in this townhouse building. Some of the best memories of my life are here.
1999. I am missing a photo of my townhouse in Owensboro, Kentucky, where I taught college for one year.
2000. A gated community in Muncie, Indiana. I lived in a condo in this building for 8 years.
Christmas at Halteman Villas.
At the condo, with students for a final meal as we wrapped up the show choir year: a big pan of canneloni, with Derek Wilson, Luke Meyer, Brian Calvert and mohawk, Amanda Krupinski, Jesse Diaz, Meghan Reiser, and Adam Hendrickson’s arm.
2008. The rental duplex on Alfred Avenue in Saint Louis.
At the duplex on Alfred. We were getting rain.
And then I bought my own dream home in November 2008. And I’ve been here ever since, with one dog and then another. I like it here.
25 Lawn Place, dressed for the season.
From the south.
Empty porches on Lawn Place.
The new, 25 Lawn Place, on January 27.
Tuesday evening, on the porch swing.
Here’s a bonus: my elementary school in Lee’s Summit.
1971. Pleasant Lea Elementary School.