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
Projects are stacked up. Ideas are flowing. I’m eating and drinking like a merry lunatic, cooking up a storm of fresh spring foods and new recipes.
Inspiration is the antithesis to bigotry. The inspirations are the countermeasure to emotional and mental terrorism.
Please come help celebrate five years of hard work! It’s finally here!!
Inspiration doesn’t have to be looking at you, telling you you’re pretty, for creative energy to be present.
This is it, folks, the chance we’ve been waiting for. Buckle up! Things are about to get really exciting!!