Projects Authored
Contributing-author projects

  • The Encyclopedia of Personal Finance (2000-present)

       An interactive CD compendium of financial and investing knowledge,
       including articles, tutorials, quiz questions, and calculators.
for Precision Information, LLC

  • The Rating Game (2000)

       A statistical analysis of the "average" American.
for Facts That Matter, Inc.

  • Policy and Procedure Manual, Open Arms, Inc. (1994)

       Manual for social service organization in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
for Open Arms, Inc.

Authored tutorials

 for The Encyclopedia of Personal Finance
  • Advantages of Mutual Funds
  • An Introduction to Initial Public Offerings
  • Asset Allocation: Creating a Portfolio
  • Automatic Investing Plans
  • Brokers, Specialists, and Market Makers
  • Building an Emergency Fund
  • Commissions
  • Comparison of Common Stock and Preferred Stock
  • Conservative Mutual Funds
  • Corporate Bond Mutual Funds
  • Dollar Cost Averaging
  • Earnings from Mutual Funds
  • Front-End Loads vs. Back-End Loads
  • Government Bond Mutual Funds
  • Growth Mutual Funds
  • Income Funds
  • Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
  • Introduction to 401(k) Plans
  • Introduction to 403(b) Plans
  • Introduction to 457 Plans
  • Introduction to Bond Features
  • Introduction to Bond Funds
  • Introduction to Bond Terminology
  • Introduction to Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
  • Introduction to Debt Securities
  • Introduction to Government Bonds
  • Introduction to Growth and Income Funds
  • Introduction to Index Funds
  • Introduction to Margin
  • Introduction to Money Market Funds
  • Introduction to Money Market Securities
  • Introduction to Municipal Bonds
  • Introduction to Mutual Fund Prospectuses
  • Introduction to Mutual Fund Terminology
  • Introduction to Mutual Funds
  • Introduction to Treasury Bills
  • Investing for Income
  • IRA Deductions
  • IRA Distributions
  • Load and No-Load Funds
  • Money Market Deposit Accounts
  • Municipal Bond Funds
  • Mutual Fund Choices
  • Mutual Fund Expenses
  • Mutual Fund Sales Loads
  • Negotiable Certificates of Deposit
  • Net Asset Value
  • Organization and Management of Mutual Funds
  • Overview of Investment Options
  • Revenue Bonds
  • Secured and Unsecured Bonds
  • Small and Medium Savings CDs
  • Small, Mid, and Large-Cap Stocks
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Special Types of Individual Retirement Accounts
  • Stockholder Rights and Privileges
  • Taxable Equivalent Yield
  • Taxes in Mutual Funds
  • The Language of Retirement Planning
  • The Roth IRA
  • Types of Investment Risk
  • Types of Mutual Funds
  • Types of Preferred Stock
  • Types of Stock
  • Understanding Bull and Bear Markets
  • What Are Stocks and the Stock Market About?

Tutorials reprinted by Educated Investor University, Intuit, New York Life,   
Morningstar, Ameritrade, Investment Advisor, SafeCU, Bisys, FSO
Technologies, CUNA, Anchor Bank, and Bob Brinker.

Authored books and booklets

  • 115 Ways to Reduce Anxiety (2006)
         pub. Booklocker

  • 202 Ways to Pinch Pennies Without Sacrificing Your Quality of Life
         pub. Mike Marcoe

Authored articles

for The Rating Game
  • Acne
  • Bank Accounts
  • Bankruptcy
  • Catholics
  • Computers
  • Death
  • Driving
  • Exercise
  • Eyesight
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • The Internet
  • Religion
  • Suicide

for Your Retirement Watch, Sentry Insurance
  • Q and A: Advantages of Compound Interest (Fall 2005)
  • Managing Risk and Your Retirement Portfolio (Fall 2005)
  • Effects of Inflation on Investments (Winter 2006)
  • Catch Up on Your Retirement Plan Contributions (Winter 2006)
  • Benefits of 401(k) Plans to Employers (Winter 2006)
  • The Benefits of Benefits (Fall 2006)
  • Target Your Retirement with a Portfolio Designed for the Year You
    Retire (Win 2007)
  • Can You Retire on Social Security? (Winter 2007)
  • The Risks of Growing Old in America (Winter 2007)
  • Should You Have a Target Retirement Account? (Winter 2007)
  • Where Does Social Security Fit into My Retirement? (Winter 2007)
  • Can You Afford to Retire? (Winter 2007)
  • Where Will You Live in Retirement? (Winter 2007)
  • Will You Need -- or Want -- to Work in Retirement? (Winter 2007)
  • Tips for Choosing a Target Retirement Account (Winter 2007)
  • The Social Security Dependency Ratio (Winter 2007)
  • Making Target Retirement Accounts Fit Your Retirement Needs (Winter   
  • Immediate Annuities (Winter 2007)

for Dollar Stretcher, September 2004
  • Save Like a Student, Even if You Aren't One

for Volume 1 magazine
  • Twa Corbies (Jan 2003)
  • Freecycle (Nov 2004)

for The Internet Review of Books
  • Busted by Edmund L. Andrews (June 2009)
  • Free Market Madness by Peter Ubel (April 2009)
  • Good Value by Stephen Green (June 2010)
  • Natural Experiments of History by Jared Diamond and James A.  
    Robinson (February 2010)
  • New American Economy, The by Bruce Bartlett (December 2009)
  • Postville, U.S.A. by Mark A. Grey, Michele Devlin and Aaron Goldsmith
    (September 2009)
  • Taking the Sea by Dennis M. Powers (March 2009)
  • Tales of the Seven Seas by Dennis M. Powers (April 2010)
  • The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai (August 2009)
  • The Dismal Science by Stephen A. Marglin (May 2008)
  • The Murder of Lehman Brothers by Joseph Tibman (January 2010)
  • Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch (May 2010)
  • America the Prisoner by Lewis Reynolds (Ocrober 2010)

for eHow
  • How to Ferment Kohlrabi
  • How to Save Money with an Automatic Savings Plan
  • How to Avoid Penalties on an Individual Retirement Account
  • How to Set Up an Automatic Savings or Investment Plan
  • How to Invest with an Automatic Investing Plan
  • How to Make Oregano Pesto
  • How to Make Sage Pesto
  • How to Make Rosemary Pesto
  • How to Set Up an Automatic Investment Plan for Your Retirement
  • How to Eat Wild Garlic Mustard

Co-authored grant writing

for Asset Builders of America

  • Grant application to the Ford Foundation, on behalf of the CLIMB


  • Glossary of investment terminology, for the Encyclopedia of Personal
    Finance (2000)
  • Glossary of investment terminology, for Investor Glossary (2006)

Fiction stories

  • Cheerleaders
         in Storybytes

  • Thanksgiving
         in Volume 1 magazine (winner of first annual fiction contest)

  • Green Passion
         in the Amazon Shorts program

  • 5 West
         in the Amazon Shorts program

  • Is This Murder or What?
         in the Amazon Shorts program

Books edited

  • Investment Management Consultants Association

       Journal of Investment Consulting, November/December 2002

  • Capital City Press (2004-2006)

       Famous American Crimes and Trials
       Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
    Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism
    Childhood Lost
    Murder 101: Homicide Investigation
    Organ Donation and Transplantation: Body Organs as an Exchangeable
     Socio-Cultural Resource
    Fatal Fortune
    Caribbean Popular Music
    Our Earth's Changing Land
    The Man and His Wings: William A. Wellman and the Making of the First
     Best Picture
    Daring Wives

  • Peter Lang Publishing Group (2005-2009)

    Software and Sociality
    Black Children's Literature Got de Blues
    Emotional Intelligence
    Doing Democracy: Striving for Political Literacy and Social Justice
    Terrorism and the Press: An Uneasy Relationship
    Sports Rhetoric

  • University of Wisconsin Learning Innovations (2001-2002)

    Contemporary Moral Issues
    Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management
    Managing the Small Business
    Business Communication
    Curriculum and Instruction—School Curriculum Design
    Instructional Strategies for the Gifted
    First Semester German
    Second Semester German
    First Semester High School Russian
    Second Semester High School Russian
    Third Semester High School Russian
    Fourth Semester High School Russian
    First Semester High School Spanish
    Second Semester High School Spanish
    Fourth Semester High School Spanish
    First Semester Spanish
    Second Semester Spanish
    Third Semester Spanish
    Fourth Semester Spanish

Fiction edited

  • Internet Writing Workshop: Over 200 fiction stories and non-fiction
    articles for fellow writers. Both substantive editing and copy editing.
  • Ian Newman: Dreaming of Chaos, pub. Trafford Publishin
  • Fern Harper Wright (dec.): Fern's Fronds: Poems to Live By, pub.
    Western Star Publishing
  • Constance Lang: The Drawings of Henry Fromm

Quiz questions

  • 288 questions used in the Money and Finance Game, 2002, sponsored
    by the Governor's Task Force on Financial Education (Wisconsin).
  • 200+ additional quiz questions for the Encyclopedia of Personal
  • Quizzes for Quizland.


  • International Puzzle Features syndicate - 6 puzzles
  • Picture Word Finds magazine - 10 puzzles