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Welcome to my website, the latest version. I've tried to simplify things a bit as this becomes a completely personal web, without any business components beyond what you'll find in the Professional section. The site is a combination of cascading style sheets and basic scripts; no Flash content this time around.
The navigation on top will take you directly to the things you might find interesting -- or not. Skip whatever you like, everyone's tastes are different.
Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science
Please come hear my newest podcast, Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. You can find out by going to Present Moment Mindfulness website, or coming on over to the Facebook page:
The Secular Buddhist
You can also listen to my original and continuing podcast, The Secular Buddhist, in which I look into the early teachings of Buddhism with a non-religious context. You can find out by going to the Secular Buddhist Association website, or coming on over to that Facebook page:
This isn't a blog, no need to check here for regular updates. If you want to see what's going on, latest and greatest, come to my Facebook page. I've fought against this one for a long time, but it's handy for getting found by old friends.
Used To Be
I was born in LaGrange, Illinois in 1964, youngest of four brothers. Childhood was fun and light, we always had things to keep us entertained and happy. I lived in the Chicago area through high school, only heading out for college the first two years in Wisconsin, coming back to finish my degree.
After completing my degree in Biology and English at Lake Forest College, I stayed in Illinois until 1991, moving to Minneapolis, and have stayed ever since. It's beautiful here, far more natural than in Chicago, with the friendliest people I'd ever known. I lived in Golden Valley for a number of years in my first home, and in 2003 moved to my second and current home in Eden Prairie. It's a large wooded lot, with plenty of deer, hawks, and the occassional coyote pack yowling to each other in the evenings. I'm not nor have ever been married; I blame the alignment of the planets, and my taking an unusually long amount of time to grow up and smell the coffee.
Mmmmm... coffee... That'll teach me to write pre-caffeine.
Life is good. Me and my room-mate share this beautiful, quiet home with our dogs. Work is with intelligent and fun people I adore, friends are all over the planet and humbling to know because they're soooo out of my league as human beings. And I'm in the planning stages of my wedding to my dear Melissa Lee.
My pile of books-in-queue is so heavy it's about to deeply warp space/time, primarily about nature, travel, buddhism, atheism, and sci-fi/fantasy. Finding a comfy chair by the fireplace at Dunn Brothers or Caribou for an hour or so is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures.
I'm an outdoorsy guy, and love to hike in the woods. I try to go camping, usually by myself, every year in our national parks, but usually end up in the Rockies of Colorado because I love them so much. Though I'm an old canoe guy, I've never taken even a day trip with one. Maybe Boundary Waters with my new kayak... once I learn that whole rolling thing...
Over on the right you'll get random pics of me, my family, pets, places I've been, and the occassional inspiration (thus, the pic of Superman surrounded by various super pets). Below that are random quotes I like, though opinions vary, of course.
Thanks for visiting.