Shortly after retiring from a nearly four-decade career in business and banking, I began writing a book about my grandfather. Birds, Bones, and Beetles: The Improbable Career and Remarkable Legacy of University of Kansas Naturalist Charles D. Bunker chronicles the life of an early pioneer at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum (1890s to 1940s). The book was published by University Press of Kansas in April of 2019 and was selected as a 2020 Kansas Notable Book by the Kansas State Library Association, a 2020 finalist in the High Plains Book Awards, and won two Kansas Authors Club awards: for Kansas History (Martin award) and book design ("Looks Like a Million"). In 2019 CHOICE Connect, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, recommended my book to college libraries. I have published essays in 105 Meadowlark Reader and The Write Bridge.