Writer / Contributor
As a native Oregonian I spent much of my childhood in Portland Oregon. I graduated from high school and attended community college in Astoria Oregon, where I had my first job. I consider Astoria my hometown. I have an AA degree from Clatsop Community College and a BA from Oregon State University where I twice lettered in varsity crew. I have worked as a pizza maker, logger (setting chokers for Crown Zellerbach), commercial salmon fisherman (Cook Inlet Alaska), Fuller Brush Man, Air Force jet pilot flying EC and KC-135s out of South Dakota and Okinawa Japan. I then did home repair and remodeling for 20 years. It is during this time I started writing books―about 20 years ago. I married twice. I had two children on the second go around. They are now full-grown and pursuing lives they love. I am very proud of them. I have mentored teens, I do rites of passage work with teens and men, and assist in Family Division for Landmark®. Now I live in an RV on a farm in Corvallis Oregon. Here I managed to unburden myself of 95% of the stuff I felt I could not live without, yet I have all that I need. Life is pleasurably simple as a result, and allows me to focus on what is important: my novel writing.
“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”
– Carl Sagan, from Cosmos. New York: Random House. 1980 p. 4
How can we help others if we’re so focused on helping ourselves?
Slowing down to prevent burnout.
Thank you for being along on this never-ending adventure!
The existence of fair trade and sustainable art predates our current economic system. The economic system we live under now did not naturally arise. We created it to serve a purpose and over the centuries forgot what we had done and now see it as the normal way for our lives to work. What if people valued themselves, each other, and what they created, such as art, rather than the accumulation of wealth?
Female employment in film hasn’t changed much over the last twenty years, and women face many obstacles to successful film careers. By recognizing how women contribute to culture through film, financiers and moviegoers can help fight gender equality at the movies.
The deadline to have your name included in the first edition of ‘Sinnet of Dragons’, is March 1st, 2017!
Bring on the new beginnings!
As the February letters have gone out, I can now post the January Patreon Newsletter.