Richard resides where he grew up, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Adventures away have included stints at three Indiana universities collecting a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's in entomology, and a law degree. He served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer with Romania's environmental protection agency. Appleton has also offered adventure, the best being the raising of two amazing daughters. When not out "adventuring," Richard practices law, concentrating on adoption and surrogacy. He also belongs to numerous community organizations. In his free time, Richard loves to read and draw indoors, and to be physically active outdoors. He has kayaked the entire Fox River in his home-built kayak, growing to appreciate Wisconsin rivers as precious assets to be cherished and protected for all.