Rod Mebane is known for his ability to simplify complex things. In the early 1990s, for example, while living in Dallas, Rod decided to study Spanish at a local community college and (for *fun*) published Más Fácil, a Prentice Hall textbook that contains the rules of Spanish grammar in less than 100 pages of text. (In 2020, Rod’s professional grammar focus broadened to include English with his publication of “Everyday Grammar,” from Wellfleet Press.)
Exceptional analytical and presentation skills have served Rod well in his career – one that is anchored by a number of significant positions, including university treasurer, foundation director, chief learning officer, and consulting partner. He also earned degrees from Swarthmore College and UPenn’s Annenberg School for Communication. Along this trek, Rod honed his communication knowledge and skill and now offers a variety of communication support services under the banner of Wordsmith Associates.
In addition to creating a host of business-related documents, Rod’s wordsmith work has resulted in the following publications:
- There Are No Alligators in Heaven! (Jennifer Hale et al., Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2017)
- My Life: An American’s Journey (Margaret Jeanine Condit Hastings, Wordsmith Associates, 2017)
- On the Earthly Way (Rev. Joseph Morris, Wordsmith Associates, 1876 – published 2016)
- Tributes to Lost Children (Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2016)
- Update 21: A Journal of Spiritual Victory (Beth Bello, Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2015)
- Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story (Donna Mebane, Starshine Galaxy, 2013)
- A Book Abot Chaps (Emma Mebane, Starshine Galaxy, 2011)
- Belle Douleur (Melissa Bourgeois, Pelican Point Press, 2010)
- CPE Field Guide: The Definitive Operations Manual for Developers of Training for CPAs (with Ross Stern, St. Charles Publications, 2010)
- The Common Gospel (Wordsmith Associates, 2006)
- Más Fácil: A Concise Review of Spanish Grammar (with Estelita Calderón-Young, Prentice Hall, 1993)
As indicated in a number of these citations, Rod has helped numerous individuals realize their authoring dreams, enabling them to publish their stories, usually in the form of reflective, later-in-life documents (including letters, memoirs, and tributes).
Rod currently lives with his wife Donna and blind-dog Willie in Geneva, Illinois, a far-west suburb of Chicago, near where his son Ben also lives (with Alex and now Jackson). Son Jason is in Asheville (with Whitney), daughter Sarah is in San Diego (with John and now Calvin & Davis), and daughter Emma is always close in spirit. When pursuing avocational interests, Rod may be found carving wood, keeping bees, and nurtuing his family tree.