David Todd is a civil engineer by profession (37 years), a genealogist by avocation, an environmentalist by choice, and a writer by passion. He grew up in Rhode Island, where he attended public schools in Cranston and then the University of Rhode Island. In his adult life he has lived in Kansas City, Saudi Arabia, Asheboro North Carolina, Kuwait, and now northwest Arkansas since 1991. Along the way he acquired a love for history and poetry.
He currently works at CEI Engineering Associates, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is Corporate Trainer for Engineering, which includes planning and conducting training classes and mentoring younger staff. He is the senior engineer at the company, and hence gets called on to do the more difficult projects that most of the younger engineers don't feel confident to tackle. He has recently worked on a number of floodplain studies and mapping projects. He is a registered engineer in three states, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and a Certified Construction Specifier (certification lapsed).
He has been actively pursuing genealogy for fifteen years, having done much to document his and his wife's ancestry and family history. He has been writing creatively for eleven years.
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A young pitcher must make a comeback while protecting his family from Mafia hit men.
It Happened At The Burger Joint
Denise Benfield is dealing with her mother's imminent death from cancer, when Mike Pelton shows up at the door, saying he was an old friend of her mother's, hasn't seen her in forty years, and wondering what has happened to her. She lets him in, and learns that is was more than just friendship all those decades before. Should she let him see her mother?
The Learning Curve: 11 Suggestions for Accelerating Your Professional Development
How does career development and advancement occur in the design professions? Or in other professions? What can a young engineer, archictect, or other professional do to advance faster than their peers? This book provides the observations of the author's forty years in the design profession, watching how some advanced and some failed, how some advanced quickly while others languished.
Charley Delta Delta
A struggling CIA agent is sent to tail another agent. He figures she is a rogue agent, and watches her pass information to someone. Then everything explodes.
A man returns to his old neighborhood and relives memories of the weeks following his mother's death when he was 13.
Operation Lotus Sunday
An American couple's troubled marriage is put in further danger when they become embroiled in a CIA operation as they tour China with their children.
The Gutter Chronicles: The Continuing Saga of Norman D Gutter, Engineer
How crazy can the civil engineering industry be? Norman D Gutter, new graduate, learns quickly as he joins I.C.E. Engineering to begin his professional career. He quickly encounters situations that stretch his capacity for understanding. THE GUTTER CHRONICLES follows Norman's first year: in the office, on the construction site, and with city reviewers.
This is a spoof of consulting engineering.
Whiskey, Zebra, Tango
An average housewife and grandmother from Cranston, Rhode Island, is suspected of helping a terrorist escape when he flees a routine traffic stop. A task force from two police departments seek to find out who Sharon Williams is and who she's working for.
A short story: 7,300 words
In Front of Fifty Thousand Screaming People
A baseball novel about an incredible pitcher, who comes out of the Kansas prairies to the Chicago Cubs. He can pitch them to a World Series victory. But strange event swirl around in his life, as he doesn't know that two Mafia Dons see him as a pawn, with an $80 million bet riding on his pitching.
Doctor Luke's Assistant
A fictional telling of the writing of the Gospel of Luke, told through the eyes of a young Romanized Jewish man he hires to be a research assistant and secretary. In Jerusalem, Judea, and Galilee, they search for witnesses and documents, opposed by both corrupt Roman officials and the Jewish establishment.
The Candy Store Generation: How the Baby Boomers are Screwing Up America
A look at the political performance of the Baby Boomers. How have they done running Congress? How have they done in the presidency? How have they done in charge of corporate America? How bad has it become under their leadership in all parts of our nation? What can we expect in the next decade of their leadership? Who will resucue us from their awful performance?
Too Old To Play
Thirteen year old Danny Tompkins must deal with his mother's death, but on the day of the funeral people keep coming to his house, and seem to be partying. As he retreated to his bedroom, he couldn't understand why those adults behaved as they did, or why his younger cousins just kept playing. So he "hid" and fumed. Years later, the adult Daniel relives those memories, and writes about them.
[Short story; 1850 words] A teenage boy deals with the impending death of his mother, then forty years later looks back upon the events.