First off, I want to make it clear that I am not a physicist or any other kind of scientist. In fact, I didn’t care much for science as a subject when I was in school years ago. I was more interested in fields that addressed how people lived and how they made sense out of life - fields like the social sciences, philosophy, religion, psychology and literature.
But as the years went by, I gradually became aware of some fascinating new developments that were happening in modern science. And slowly (very slowly), it dawned on me that these developments had an immeasurable significance for our lives. That realization eventually led to my creating this site.
Now, as far as the particulars are concerned:
While I was born in New Jersey, my family moved to the Republic of Panama in the late 1950’s; my father had gotten a job there managing a warehouse for a pharmaceutical company. We lived there for seven years. In addition to the usual childhood experiences, I had the opportunity to get some up-close exposure to the dynamics of US/Panama relations, most notably the anti-American riots in January, 1964. That dustup eventually led to the renegotiation of the Panama Canal Treaty.
Having spent 7 formative years in the tropics, it was only fitting that we would next move to Syracuse, New York. To explain the irony for those unfamiliar, Syracusans actually take pride in their snowy winters. Mention Buffalo and they will snort in disdain. While Buffalo may have had a particularly bad winter or two over the years, Syracuse is the overall New York State big-city champ in lousy winter weather. After one snowbound winter I got my parents to let me take up skiing in December of 1967. Winters have been much more enjoyable ever since.
After high school I attended Hobart College, a small liberal arts school in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. (Geneva, where Hobart and sister college William Smith are located, is one hour west of Syracuse, and about five or six hours northwest of New York City. I throw in the NYC reference because I know many non-New Yorkers think everything in New York State is a suburb of the Big Apple. This irritates Syracusans about as much as the mistaken belief that Buffalo has the worst winters around.)
My four years at Hobart proved to be catalytic. While I had an interest in world events that had probably been sharpened by my years in Panama (and a generational proximity to the Vietnam War), it was at Hobart that I began to question what exactly it was I believed life was all about. My ensuing search for the answer to that question has followed many paths, eventually leading to the creation of this site, but the search itself started for me at Hobart.
One of those many paths was photography. Beginning in my senior year I started taking photographs that led to my exhibiting in such diverse places as Syracuse, Rochester, Quebec and New York City. This also led to my eventually becoming president (at different times) of the Photovisions Cooperative and Associated Artists of Central New York.
After college I spent 1 1/2 years working at a national chain of photo studios - until a new boss decided I (having a college degree) was over-qualified. They fired me on my birthday - possibly the best birthday gift I've ever received.
From there I went to work for the State of New York. I started off working as an employment interviewer for few years in the Labor Department. (For those who've never worked with the public, it's an eye-opening experience. Those who have know what I mean.)
I eventually moved on to a variety of analyst positions in Albany, first at the DMV and then at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). While at DMV I updated the whole boat registration system and worked on a study of repeat drunk driving offenders - people who'd had five or more convictions in a ten year period. At DEC I handled their policy and internal control systems. What's an "internal control system"? Feel free to read all about it.
In December of 1985 I began to practice the martial art Aikido, a practice I pursued for eleven years. I originally got into it to improve my conditioning and learn some techniques for self defense. However, I found Aikido’s focus on the power that comes from harmonizing with the energies that surround us to be useful in many facets of life outside the dojo.
Partly due to my years in Aikido, I have developed something of a passion for activities that bring together the mind, body and spirit in an outdoor setting. In addition to the skiing I’ve already mentioned, I’m an avid cyclist and have hiked extensively in the Adirondack mountains. I also like puttering around in the garden.
As I’ve grown more aware of the way our lives are interconnected, I’ve found several opportunities to channel this passion in ways that can benefit others. I’m a member of the Mad River Glen Cooperative, which owns and is working to preserve a very special, old-fashioned ski area during a period when most ski areas have become homogenized. In addition, since 1995 I’ve had the very rewarding opportunity to participate in the Pan-Massachusettes Challenge, a mega bikeathon that is “mega” in more then one way. A two-day bike ride of up to 192 miles, it consists of over 5,000 cyclists who since 1981 have raised over $338 million dollars for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Finally, once in a while I do something really crazy, like the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred.
Well that’s enough about me. Thanks for stopping by!