I'm the retired U.S. business manager of a Canadian multinational corporation and later CFO of a major nonprofit performing arts organization, now providing the benefit of my professional experience pro bono to several nonprofit organizations.
A husband of 43 years, father of three sons, a sometime foster father and now grandfather of eight young grandchildren, in both cases on an interracial basis, I was raised Roman Catholic, and educated entirely by church institutions under various orders of nuns, brothers and priests, spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era before finally receiving two undergraduate degrees (in theology and literature) while courting and marrying my wife and beginning my career in corporate accounting and finance.
In middle age I underwent an emotional crisis (who doesn't?) and a significantly freeing expansion of my perspective on life, reality and personal perfectionism, which led to my conversion from Catholicism to a fully atheistic stance on life: a more accurate relationship with reality and (increasingly, I hope) more authentic relationships with other people.
I have during various periods of my life dabbled in music (performance, while I had a voice I could control, and various instruments - not composition) verse, prose and drawing, and have recently come to believe from the reactions I am receiving that I may have some small talent worth developing through more focused practice. Convinced that feedback can help set me right wherever there is something in my writing that needs improvement, I more than welcome criticism, and have decided that "writing out loud"(1) in a public space offers the best opportunity to receive it. Just as important (to me, at least) I hope by writing in a public space to strengthen the discipline without which I have not honed my writing skills up to now.
My most daunting assignment currently is the subject of my first blog post: "Building Cultivating Mountain".
(1) With apologies to Anna Quindlen, Nina Bingham and Keri Smith, and perhaps others of whom I am not even aware.
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