Reading this is not a requirement, but if it intrigues you at all, go ahead ;-) Born & raised in Altadena, CA, USA. Small family not real active socially, but intelligent and caring, very much into education. Presbyterian religion, but not overbearingly so; church had great stained glass and an awesome pipe organ. Family was also very much into health & organic gardening, camping, & exploring the world near & far. Dad & I got to live 1 year (1966-7) in India after I graduated high school; loved India despite the poverty. •Started photography in India so my Mom & sis could see what we were experiencing. Fell hugely in love with a young Indian girl [maintained a 3-year long-distance relationship with her before we gave up on each other]. •Experienced severe culture shock upon returning to the U.S., & got very depressed. Threw myself into gymnastics and became a national-level competitor on a team that developed Olympians and NCAA champions; really enjoyed competition and had 2 good years at nationals. Graduated Pasadena City College on Dean's List; continued my Industrial Studies education at CSULA specializing in Photography & intending to become a high school teacher/coach. Didn't quite happen. Was P.R. photographer for L.A. Public Library System for 2 long weeks, quit to try doing art shows with a fellow photographer. Gave up after 2 very poor years. •Eventually spent decades as a gymnastics coach and business owner. Got married, raised 2 very difficult girls (not biologically mine, but definitely family). •Tired of struggle, moved to Maui, became a hike guide, house-painting contractor, and handyman. It was still a struggle, but somehow being in "paradise" made it easier. •The hike guide thing got me back out in nature and back into photography, both of which I need to feel more human. •Went to the Maui County Fair in 2003 & saw a whole bunch of excellent photography, which inspired me to reignite my love of photography as art. Joined the Maui Camera Club and became its leader after a few years. Took classes at Randy Hufford's Institute of Visual Arts, went to work there developing skills, contacts, and a large body of work mostly printed on canvas. •People love my "paintings", and I have sold reasonably well considering that I don't seriously try to market my art ... but I am NOT a painter and have never pretended to have that skill set. I am an artist using the photography skill set. I put together a book of many of my island images and had 2 copies printed by an online service, and I've loved sharing that book. •But then I got the idea that I should try to actually SAY something with words. Adding text to photo book #2 was a failure: people were very clearly only interested in the art. I mentioned this to 2 of my best buddies in different parts of the world, and both of them suggested that I write chapters. Ohmigoodness! I hadn't intended to go there, but as my subconscious mind mulled over the idea, the messages became clearer: I really did need to write a real book. •So after catching David Icke on YouTube remarking that "consciousness is our natural state", I began excitedly writing a book about our natural state. It was really fun for me, but not so fun for the people I started sharing it with. That led me to combine my focus on consciousness with FUN. Hence, my title "Fun and Consciousness". It is a thinking-person's book, and it currently stands at about 200 pages in MS Word. And I experience it as awesome. Someday soon I'll figure out how to publish it.
Fun and consciousness. Sharing experience and enlightenment. Being real, not reactive. Honesty. Excellence. Forgiveness & mercy. Art/music/poetry that speak to me with high-vibration emotion & respect
Increasing smiles. We can all do and appreciate this, in an infinite number of ways and with an infinite number of beings. As long as we are creating and having experiences (i.e. living), striving for fun and appreciation just make more sense than any alternative I have yet conceived of. Too many beings on this plane of existence struggle too much; let's focus on improving understanding, sanity and enjoyment ... with health, love and clarity. [Those last 3 words are the "motto" of my favorite musician/singer/songwriter Shawn Phillips].
Expanding conscious awareness. Having fun. Increasing sanity and shared joy. Understanding how life works. Shawn Phillips and his music. Channeled entity Lazaris. Researcher/author L. Ron Hubbard. Yay
Listening, and letting you BE you. Actually, my close friends already know this, and appreciate it. You can too!
Just starting to get my feet wet with TED. A close friend shared a link with V.S. Ramachandran, whose TED talks are spectacularly wonderful. And as I looked at what else was on the page, I began to explore what else TED had to offer ... and much of what I found was worthy, if not brilliant. But as I have read many comments, I have not yet found anyone expressing many of the viewpoints I have come to consider as vital to my life, so I have decided to join into this worldwide conversation opportunity ... in the spirit of sharing and learning openly. What I like to do is find something that interests me, and interact with it ... including whatever other people have to say about it. Then I engage my thinking and feeling, and respond accordingly. Sometimes this takes awhile, but that's OK for me; I tend to be a patient person most of the time.
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