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About Me

Retired HS and college teacher: English, classical languages, theology--44 years. Now teaching and learning in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and working with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Married for 26 years to my dearest friend. Rescue dogs--have three of them with us now.

United States, Lawrenceburg, IN
Current organization:
Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
Past organizations:
OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Univ.of Cincinnati, Center for Action and Contemplation , Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
Current role:
Prefer not to say
Areas of expertise:
Piano (classical), theater direction, philosophy, teaching

More About Me

I'm passionate about

classical music, literature, philosophy, theology, nature, animals, people

An idea worth spreading

This is a single world with one family of sentient beings joined by interdependence and, for humans and perhaps for many others, by compassion.

Talk to me about

Philosophy, especially postmodern continental. Classical music. Animals. Relationships--including codependency. Literature: classical, Western, contemporary.

People don't know that I'm good at

Playing piano. Listening. Explaining complex ideas.

My TED Story

My dream is a world or cosmic living space enriched by the great diversity of life, ideas, and aesthetic expression. Such a world transcends all political, religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries while including all that's valuable in each.


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    A comment on Conversation: As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?

    Jan 9 2012: I think primarily in English, and my study of other languages has shown that languages frame the passing show is far different ways. So language does help create my cultural identity. This leads to two observations: 1. We must enter into the language world of another culture before we have any grounds for judging its worldview or values. 2. There are parts of human experience which no language can encompass, and it is perhaps here where we can find a common basis for unity--Karen Armstrong's "Charter for Compassion" is an attempt to move beyond the parameters of language to our common humanity. Language always divides, that is its function. Our humanity transcends our language and culture; that is our hope.