in 1946 in Mayfield, Pennsylvania, I attended Catholic schools, wore a
cassock and surplice, lit candles, sang in Latin, and had various
mystical experiences until the age of 18 when I first began seriously
considering the effect of women on my life. By then, it was 1964,
my father had died, Kennedy had been assassinated and things were
happening in Viet-Nam. I had applied to various universities but
realized it wasn't going to happen financially. The decision to
join the military was a common one in my family and easy enough to
It was in the Air Force that I learned to speak
Russian, love Europe, and smoke cigarettes. These couple of years
centered around Indiana University and Hof/Saale, Germany have
influenced my thinking and meandering greatly. I learned new
political systems, languages, and cultures, and fell in love with
academia, the way of the Beat Generation, literature, cafés, and my
constantly changing idea of intellectuality.
between my military service and my return to Europe were full of
academic and business successes of nothing more than average variety.
Highlights in my life were the birth of my son and twenty years later,
that of my daughter. Fathering is interesting, and again, I was
probably average at it, but partnering with children in learning and
play is exciting and really joyful, and at that, I excelled.
were a BA and MA from Penn State in Linguistics, a doctoral
dissertiation on the associative principle in linguistic analysis which
was finished (I think it was finished, at least in the sense of
finishing that I normally use, which means, set aside in case some more
ideas come along) but never submitted for approval. I like to
blame that on finances, but it really had more to do with boredom.
I was done with the idea, why defend it.....
teaching after that in universities and a Russian Orthodox seminary,
then a "real" job as a technical writer which was supposed to be able
to both support me and keep me on the creative edge. It eventually
turned me into a Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, and finally a
Lean/Six Sigma Champion, training, coaching, selecting projects, doing
financial analysis, etc. until getting caught in a fourth quarter
crunch and the ensuing layoffs. All in all, not a bad run. The
work took me all over Europe and North America, with some exceptionally
good experiences in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Mexico, and Europe. I
eventually resettled myself in Germany, in the middle of the
Teutoburger Wald which is central to some of the
plans I've made in line with the associative thinking principle and
some dreams, ancient and contemporary which provide the basis for an
interesting tale I'd like to be able to tell.