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Personal mission statement: I Thessalonians 4: 11-12 Born: Abilene, TX Dec. 16th 1957 Education: Goddard High 1976, Roswell NM; ACU, Abilene TX, BS Biology 1980; University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston; DDS 1985.
In 1980 I married Kim Mayben, class of 79, ACU. We reside in Waco, Texas. We don’t have children, but we have two gray tabby cats, Vincent and Theo. UPDATE: Last year (2019) Vincent was diagnosed with diabetes. A massive change in their diets began, and Vincent started getting insulin. After about 3 months, in Feb of 2020, he went into remission! Yea! He now weighs about 14 &1/2 pounds. Yes he does look skinny. Theo has maintained his 20 pounds even though we have eliminated the carbs from their diet. We also have about 30 koi fish in our pond in the back yard.
I’ve been practicing dentistry for 35 yrs. The last 3 years I have put the emphasis on Biomimetic Dentistry. This has been an amazing discovery, and it has put new life into what I do! It is challenging and I am still learning new things. I love it! I love sports, especially tennis. I usually play a couple of times a week. I love to listen to acoustic guitar–I’m trying to learn just a little. I thought I could appreciate musicians, before I started messing around with the guitar———I can’t comprehend what they do now. I have stopped and started a few times with it. This will definitely be a life long experiment. I hope to be able to play something beautiful for Kim by the time I’m 80. That was not a misprint.
I love my God, Kim, family, friends, and the people I work with. I’ve always been interested in art. I loved to draw and paint when I was young. In 2002 I finally was influenced to take a stained glass class, and it has gradually led to me doing more of it. One of the most appealing things about it, to me, is that it can be a very solitary activity. Just me, myself, and some great music. I would much rather be working on a project or task than talking. I have found in my life the more I speak and try to express or explain, the more confused others become. That is frustrating. That is one of the reasons I think working with glass is so appealing to me. Originally stained glass was used to express ideas, themes, or tell a story. I attempt to do that in some of the designs, and I don’t have to say a word, except when someone comes up to me and asks, what are you trying to say? I don’t mind trying, but my explanation, to me falls short of what idea I was trying to convey. This would especially apply to the series of windows I just finished for my church. Pictures are on the page, Living God Consuming Fire. Well just a couple things more about me, and then I’m stopping. I have an addiction. Its dark chocolate, but I really think for the most part, it is under control. Really, I could stop if I wanted to. No, really—really —–I just don’t want to right now. One more thing. When I tell people this, I get the strangest looks, I’m not sure they believe me or they think I am a real weirdo——– I don’t have a cell phone———-UPDATE for 2017——-I am actually starting to use one a little more—–It was Kim’s old phone. I do not carry it with me all the time, but it has been nice to have on certain occasions. I’m not giving out the # though. MAJOR UPDATE: I do have a cell phone now—I held out as long as possible—but in a way I don’t know how I lived without one?????? It has really been a good thing. I still do not carry it with me all the time, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I get used to doing that?
This is my niece, Taylor Ashley Bates who is an unbelievable artist. She was married to Hunter Bates on Dec. 12th 2015. She set this site up for me. I had to get a picture of her beside this piece of glass. If it wasn’t for her, you would not be reading this. I would have even harder time trying to show people what I like to do. Most importantly———- I am nothing—- anything good you see, is only because of the Living God.
This is one of my favorite pictures. This was taken in July or Aug. of 2009. Vincent and Theo were about 6 mo. old and about 6 or 7 lbs. each. They are now 11 years old. This was the beginning of the process for making the church windows, by drawing out the first pattern to its actual size . The church windows were completed in March of 2011 and are now a part of Crestview Church of Christ.