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I had the great good fortune to be born in 1938 to a family rich in Love. My father was a carrier officer in the United State Coast Guard and that caused us to move to new locations many times. He taught us his fascination, respect and caring for life in all forms, including the planet. Basically at heart, he was a pacifist. The freedom I enjoyed to roam with my dog in an early rural setting meant that the dictates of enculturation did not impress upon me until entering junior high school. By then my experiences prepared me to be sufficiently sure of what I knew to be true that I was able to deflect much of the garbage society attempted to burden people with. I was very industrious and motivated to earn and save money. By the time high school was completed I had amassed a considerable amount while having enjoyed and paid for nice cars and clothes. It was written in my high school annual: “He runs through life with all pores open!” And that is true to this day.
I sought to understand religion. I found inexcusable hypocrisy and fabrication. Life provided much opportunity, many challenges and disappointments. It took me over much of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Europe, Egypt, India, and Japan. Through it all, I landed on my feet ready to venture into another day. My teachers have said a book could be written and that it should be. It seems preparation for the most important decisions one needs to make is left up to chance experience and peer pressure. This book reveals so many lessons I wish I had know in my youth and you can discover here.
I am happy and content in my retirement which began in 2004. And I remain as industrious and engaged with life as ever.