I am just an old-fashioned country geographer who likes to make and use maps. I try to understand what I see as I ramble through rural areas, and I supplement my observations with census data and maps that are based on these data. I enjoy sharing what I have learned, both in the classroom and through scholarly publication, which to me are inseparable aspects of the research process.  Most of my publications have dealt with aspects of rural landscapes in the Midwest and in the South.