I wish to acknowledge Columbia College Chicago for granting a sabbatical, which was spent in the preparation of this manuscript.
Special thanks to Doreen Bartoni, Dean of the School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago, for her support of this project.
My thanks also to my family, my wife Joy and sons Seth and Nathanael, for their patience and support during this process.
Thanks to my friend Stephen Titra for his art and photos, but most importantly for his friendship and unshakable conviction that I could do this.
Finally, thanks to Peter Gilmour DMin for his honest critique and constructive suggestions.