I am happiest when I am fully being myself, unapologetically expressing myself and connecting in deep, satisfying ways with others: family and friends, colleagues or clients, would-be friends and strangers whom I may never see again. This is the well I dip into whenever and wherever I can.
I was a shy kid who grew into an awkward teen and hung out for a decade or so in the adult lost and found. I thought of myself as a relationship failure, an introvert trying to become an extrovert. Once I accepted this fundamental mistake, life began to change. I discovered that I had a lot to say. And people now wanted to talk to me. I boarded a train bound for Curiosity, Creativity and Freedom. That train has taken me through an inner and outer landscape more beautiful than any I could have imagined.
I’m still an introvert at heart. I spend a lot of time happily, alone – thinking, reading, writing, playing my guitar, dreaming, meditating, hiking, realizing I will never get it all right but that I can stay true and joyous on the path of discovery and growth.
I challenge myself often and fail frequently. I work hard and then let go. I fell in love with Mindful Conversation because it powers the train I am on. I thrive on those moments when I feel the magic of discovery in my veins. I am going. I am not sure exactly where, but I am going. And I will get there.
I am a writer. My latest book is Mindful Conversation: Speak Openly, Connect Deeply, Live Joyously. My former books are King of Doubt (a memoir about my struggle with Imposter Syndrome, Depression, and becoming me) and Count on Spot (the perfect picture book if you’re 3 or younger, you like dogs, and you’re learning how to count.)
I live in Ashland, OR. with my dear wife, Wendy. We have three children and 5 grandchildren. Lots of pets in the past. Right now, none, but we had two fawns born in our yard this year. New growth is everywhere.