Temnos (CA) Chief Lexicographer (2013-present) Lexicographic and ontological analysis and development for NLP technologies offering advanced semantic profiling.

Reference Wordsmith (1991-present) Freelance lexicographic projects for clients such as dictionary publishers, encyclopedia publishers, telephone companies, directories, and natural language projects.

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

Federated Media Publishing (CA) Lexicographer (2011-2012) Lexicographic analysis and development for semantic technologies.

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

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

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

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

idealab/Knowledge Adventure (CA) Author/Developer (1993-95). Writing, editing, development of multimedia reference works for software products, including all articles for a children’s encyclopedia. Also did projects for CitySearch, GoTo/Overture, Perfect Market, Smart Games.

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

Bellcore/Telcordia (NJ)  Lexicographer, Artificial Intelligence & Information Science Research (1985-88).  Research of dictionaries and other reference works for development of a lexical knowledge base.

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

Wang Electronic Publishing (NY) Lexicographer, 1983-84.

Yale University School of Organization and Management (CT) Newsletter Editor, 1982-83.

Laurence Urdang Inc. (CT)  Assistant to the Publisher  (dictionary work); 1982.

University of Houston (TX) Director of Word Processing Center; 1981-82.

City of Valparaiso (IN) Assistant to the Mayor; 1979-81.

Chicago Tribune newspaper (IL) Sports Scoreboard Page Editor; 1979.

Vidette-Messenger newspaper (IN) Sports Editor; 1976-79.

Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies, Akamai University, 2008

Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, Greenwich University, 2002

Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology, Greenwich University, 1998

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Exeter, 1989

Master of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Exeter, 1985

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Valparaiso University, 1978


1,001 Ways to Live Creatively, Washington DC: National Geographic, spring 2018

Natural Meditation, New York: Helios, spring 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; 8th Ed., 2019

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.