My background is diverse and in many ways I am active in two worlds—working class and academic. I have come to know the enlightening perspective one has as both insider and outsider to both worlds.
My traditional academic learning began in History, English and Philosophy culminating in a B.A. from the University of Nebraska. After a period studying peace and war experientially, I returned to academic studies in Literature, Language and Rhetoric, receiving the M.A. degree from Middlebury College. After some time as a high school teacher, I returned to non-educational pursuits starting a small business as a chimney sweep. Later, I worked for a number of years as a field technician in alternative energy.
About fourteen years ago I returned to part-time teaching at a number of colleges, and spent my non-teaching time as a firefighter/EMT, rehabilitating barns and in sustainable forestry. During this period I received certifications in Hydronic Heating, Fire Science, as an EMT-D and in Energy Therapy and Dowsing. I also pursued studies in Forestry to complement my sustainable forestry work.
My more recent academic studies have been in Native American Literature, History and Culture, Writing and Rhetoric, and Social History, particularly concerning the dispossessed and the process of dispossession in America. My bedtime reading has focused on the connections between consciousness, Taoism and Modern Physics, as well as some tech manuals as research for converting my vehicles to alternative fuels.
I have many irons in the fire, but I have come to know each iron is energized by the same fire. Finding the connections experientially, intuitively and by academic investigation is a core interest. There is much I learn from the natural environment, find demonstrated in the history and cultures within that environment, and find expressed in the literature and manner of expression of the people.