My Vocations & Avocations: I am a Writer, Pain Counsellor & Consultant, Musician and Stringed & Electronic Instrument Designer/Builder, Photographer, Designer, Custom Pipe Tobacco Blender & Reviewer, Etc.
Some of my formal education includes an MA in Abnormal Psych; MFA - Creative Writing; PhD - Psycho-Linguistics, and working on a PhD in Forensic Psychology.
That's some of what I do and have done. Only good friends are qualified to describe me.
My respect is automatic but can be lost.
Stop learning, and start brain death / stop caring and start soul death.
Teaching is an individual's responsibility.
What Gives Me Hope
The optimistic cynicism of small children.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Limit all levels of political campaigning to six weeks.. (Yes, weeks, not years)
What/who changed my life and why
I've had a great many inspirations, but some are: getting to know and having long talks with Joseph Campbell; my best friend taking up guitar when we were 10, as did I.
JP Donleavy, Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, A. Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, etc, about writing and experiencing life as a writer, Antonioni's movie, "Blow Up", Roeg's "Performance" and a diverse multitude of other films and books; getting to know many writers, poets, quantum/particle physicists, cosmologists, etc. etc.
Cancer changed my life quite radically, 1981. After eight years of almost annual major orthopedic surgeries, I've lived with chronic pain since.