Zeta Global : Senior Lexicographer (2018-present) Lexicographic nd taxonomic analysis and development for data cloud and semantic technologies.

Temnos (formerly part of Federated Media Publishing) : Chief Lexicographer (2011-2018) Lexicographic analysis and development for semantic technologies.

 Reference Wordsmith (1991-present) Freelance Lexicographer for clients such as dictionary and encyclopedia publishers, media companies, artificial intelligence and natural language groups.

Google : Semantic Curation Specialist / Linguist (2012-2013) Expert curation and prioritization of categorical data into hierarchies within the Knowledge Graph. (2014) Dictionary mapping for the Common Sense group, Machine Intelligence in Research.

 WolframAlpha : Lexicographer (2009-2010) Lexicographic analysis and special projects on word data; data curation. Editor, Chief Lexicographer (2000-2009)  Creation of original content including all thesaurus data, new words lexicon, reverse dictionary, crossword solver, style guide, today in history, word origins, and word FAQs. Guided choice of public domain and licensed content.

Ask Jeeves : Research and Dictionary Specialist (1999-2000). Developmental work on dictionaries; personal answering of general reference questions via email and online community. : Director of Research (1996, 1998-99). Development of Internet question-answering service; answered all questions posed to system.

Associative Computing (formerly Mindmaker, Textdigger) : Head Lexicographer (1997-98). Research and development of lexicon (based on WordNet) for natural language processing and intelligent agent system.

TextWise : Lexicographic Analyst (1995-96). Lexicographic and classification/hierarchy work for information retrieval system; conducted dictionary research.

idealab/Knowledge Adventure : Author/Developer (1993-95). Development of multimedia reference works for software products; various projects for CitySearch, GoTo/Overture, Perfect Market, Smart Games.

General Electric Corporate Research : Lexicographer, Artificial Intelligence Program (1988-90, 1996-97). Wrote large, hierarchically arranged lexicon for use with a natural-language processor.

Bell Communications Research : Lexicographer, Artificial Intelligence & Information Science Research (1985-88). Research of dictionaries and other reference works for development of a lexical knowledgebase.

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center : Lexicographer, Lexical Systems Group (1984-85). Research of dictionaries for inclusion in lexical knowledgebase.

Wang Electronic Publishing : Lexicographer, 1983-84.
Yale University School of Organization and Management : Newsletter Editor, 1982-83.
Laurence Urdang Inc. : Assistant to the Publisher (dictionary work); 1982.
University of Houston : Director of Word Processing Center; 1981-82.
City of Valparaiso, IN : Assistant to the Mayor; 1979-81.
Chicago Tribune : Sports Scoreboard Page Editor; 1979.


Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Valparaiso University, 1978
Master of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Exeter, 1985
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Exeter, 1989
Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology, Greenwich University, 1998
Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, Greenwich University, 2002
Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies, Akamai University, 2008


Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology, Second Edition; New York: Springer, 2021
5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone, New York, Workman, 2020
Roget’s International Thesaurus, 8th Ed.; New York: HarperCollins, 2019
The Happiness Diary, Beverly MA: Fair Winds, 2019
Natural Meditation, New York: Helios, 2018
1,001 Ways to Be Creative, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2018
1,001 Ways to Slow Down, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2017
Color Your Happy Home (with Durell Godfrey), New York: Harlequin, 2017
How Would Buddha Think?, San Francisco: New Harbinger, 2016
14,000 Things to be Happy About Page a Day Calendar 2017, New York: Workman, 2016
1,001 Ways to Live Wild, Washington DC: National Geographic Books, 2016
How Would Buddha Act?, San Francisco: New Harbinger, 2016
What Would Buddha Say?, San Francisco: New Harbinger, 2015
14,000 things to be happy about, New York: Workman Publishing; 1990, revised 2007, revised 25th anniversary edition 2014 (1.25 million+ copies, foreign editions: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Japan, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey)
Breath Perception, New York: Helios Press, 2014
The Culinarian, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Roget’s International Thesaurus, New York: HarperCollins; 6th Ed., 2001; 7th Ed., 2010
Kindle self-published: Word of Mouth, Word Sherpa, Lexical Pursuit, The Buddha’s Lists, It’s Good to Talk, Kipfer’s Lists, The Next Order of Things
3,650 Things to be Happy About 2010, 2011 Diecut Calendar, New York: Workman, 2009, 2010
865 Buddhist Ways to Conquer Life’s Little Challenges, Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2009
Field Guide to Happiness for Women, Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2009
The Order of Things, New York: Workman, 2008
Phraseology, Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2008
Dictionary of American Slang, New York: HarperCollins; 3d Ed., 1998; 4th Ed., 2007
Field Guide to Happiness, Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2007
Word Nerd, Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2007
Dictionary of Artifacts, Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007
Consider This, New York: Random House, 2007
1325 Buddhist Ways to Be Happy, Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2007
The Archaeologist’s Fieldwork Companion, Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2006
Trivia Lovers’ Book of Lists, New York: Random House, 2006
Self-Meditation, New York: Workman Publishing, 2006, revised 2015
Life of Language, New York: Random House, 2006
201 Little Buddhist Reminders: Gathas for Your Daily Life, Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2006
How It Happens: the extraordinary processes of everyday things, New York: Random House, 2005
Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form, New York: Dell; 1992, 1999, 2005
4,000 Questions to Ask Anyone and Everyone, New York: Random House, 2004, 10th anniversary edition 2015
Instant Karma, New York: Workman, 2003
Roget’s Descriptive Word Finder, Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2003
Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases, Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2001
8,789 Words of Wisdom, New York: Workman Publishing, 2001
Flip Dictionary, Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2000
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology, New York: Springer, 2000
5,001 Things for Kids to Do, New York: Plume, 2000
The Wish List, New York: Workman Publishing,  1997
The Order of Things, New York: Random House, 1997
USA Today Crossword Puzzle Dictionary, New York: Hyperion; 1996
The Best of 14,000 things to be happy about Page-A-Day Calendars (1995-2007), New York: Workman
1,400 things for kids to be happy about, New York: Workman; 1994
Bartlett’s Book of Business Quotations, New York: Little, Brown; 1994
Bartlett’s Book of Love Quotations, New York: Little, Brown; 1994
Sisson’s Word and Expression Locater, New York: Prentice Hall; 1994
21st Century Manual of Style, New York: Dell/Laurel, 1993
21st Century Spelling Dictionary, New York: Dell/Laurel, 1993
21st Century Synonym & Antonym Finder, New York: Dell/Laurel, 1993
Random House Kid’s Encyclopedia, La Crescenta, CA: Knowledge Adventure, Inc., 1993
Workbook on Lexicography, Exeter Linguistic Series, University of Exeter Press; 1984


The Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography, “Glossary of Lexicographic Terms”; New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Dictionaries, Journal of DSNA: “Investigating an Onomasiological Approach to Dictionary Material,” No. 8, 1987; “The Declining Role of the In-House Dictionary Staff” and a review of The Wordtree, No. 7, 1986; “Computer Applications in Lexicography: A Bibliography,” No. 4, 1983.

DSNA conference papers: “Using Learner’s Dictionaries For Young Native Speakers,” Boston University, 2005; “Computer Applications in Lexicography—A New Summary of the State-of-the-Art,” University of Michigan, 2001; “Computer Applications in Lexicography–A Summary of the State-of-the-Art,” in Advances in Lexicography, 1983.

“Dictionaries and the Intermediate Student: Communicative Needs and the Development of User Reference Skills”, in The Dictionary and the Language Learner, Tubingen: MNVerlag, 1987.

“Methods of Ordering Senses Within Entries,” in Lexicographica LEXeter ’83 Proceedings, Tubingen: MNVerlag, 1984.

Dissertations: “Buddha, The Listmaker,” Greenwich University, 2002; “Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology,” Greenwich University, 1998; “Towards the Onomasiological Dictionary: The Use of the Computer in Providing Diversified Access”, University of Exeter, 1989; “Dictionaries and the Intermediate Student: Communicative Needs and the Development of User Reference Skills,” University of Exeter, 1985.


Registered Professional Archaeologist, RPA (2002)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Sounds True (2014)
Science of Happiness, Greater Good Science Center (2015)
Power of Awareness, Greater Good Science Center (2016)
Certificate in Mediation, Allegra Learning (2017)
Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, School of Positive Transformation (2018)
Science of Well-Being, Yale University (2020)
Certified Mindfulness Teacher – Professional Level (CMT-P), IMTA (2021)