A Brief Bio
many interests, which I pursue (or have pursued) with relentless persistence.
Once a particular interest latches onto me I am obsessed with it until mastery
is achieved; or my near mastery is overwhelmed by sudden disinterest. In either
case the fixation subsides, the mania is abandoned, and I pursue the next.
Although this personality defect can be quite frustrating it has also yielded
some insignificant accomplishments. A series of oil paintings and charcoal
drawings that won blue, red, and white ribbons at a county fair -- a very small
county -- I have not painted since. A shoot-off in a state championship trap
shoot; I have not shot since. Mastery of the nunchakus -- which was mandated
before my Kung-fu instructor would teach me the staff. I have not practiced
them since. A teacherís certificate with the Billiard Congress of America; I
stopped playing the very week I received the certificate. A private pilotís
license; I donít fly anymore. Two trivial literary awards and numerous articles
published in obscure journals. Several poorly promoted books on various topics,
as well as many songs in different genres from country to light rock, and blues
to hymns. Multiple graduate degrees -- most of which I do not use. A few
successful small businesses with which Iíve eked out a meager living, and other
conquests hardly worth mentioning such as: many trips crisscrossing the
continent with visits to Canada, Mexico and 46 of the lower 48 states; a onetime
only, two-over-par on a rather difficult nine-hole golf course (of course, I
donít golf anymore); a two time Babe Ruth all-star -- and since you have not
heard of me in the majors, it is safe to assume I do not play baseball any
longer. For the last few years I have been obsessed with chess; which has
resulted in an as yet unpublished book on chess theory. I am very anxious for
this mania to cease.
However, amidst the many fleeting passions, certain interests have retained
their lure; demanding as much attention now as did their initial obsessions.
Regardless of the intensity of my pursuit their mastery remains elusive, with
something new and challenging forever emerging; thus, the inevitable languor
never manifests. Theology, music, and my marriage are as intriguing today as
they were nearly four decades ago when I met each of them in my teens. My
Christian theology, like a compass, continues to influence my lifeís decisions.
My musical ability and creativity (negating the vocals), continue to grow. And
my enchanted marriage is nothing short of a blessing from God; from which
appeared three beautiful daughters who, fortunately, have grown to be more like
their mother than me.