My life has been complicated by 3 factors. A severe learning disability and a bipolar condition could have easily doomed me to a troubled, non productive existence. However a prodigious unrelenting manic drive was the burr under my saddle that propelled me to unexpected achievement in academia. Of interest here in this regard was that developments in my laboratory at the University of Toronto lead me to opportunities to work, teach and live for short periods in many locations on the 6 continents over a 25 year period. During these intervals, I chose to live in local category accommodation thus maximizing my exposure and participation in parochial experiences. In contrast to the calamitous relationships dogging present world interrelationships my experiences were entirely welcoming and solicitous.
I was born in Hamilton Ontario Canada. My interests include jogging and other fitness programs having run in and completed 4 marathons together with numerous 5, 10 and 20 km events. My prowess in sport to say the least was very average. Non-the-less I participated in and then later coached ice hockey both in Canada and Australia. My reward for all this activity is that I have a healthy cardiovascular system and have endured 3 knee replacement operations. Most particularly I have a passion for work related to environmental concerns. In this regard I have 120 peer reviewed research papers in Environmental Chemistry, one of which nearly landing me in jail.
If you like an adventure told in words and pictures here is a story you might like. This true tale begins at Valparaiso Chile, drops down the coast south to Cape Horn which is transited and then north up the Argentina coast ending in Buenos Aries. After leaving the Falkland Islands we were caught in a rare unanticipated South Atlantic hurricane.
Have you struggled with life’s commonplace issues and had intriguing and complex feelings about incidents family and friends? Do you love nature and have concerns for its preservation in the long term then this offering of poetry supplemented by photos is for you.
Get Ready to be shocked!
In this book I am envisioning that through some Einsteinian relativistic means I have reached a date sometime in the future and am the last individual surviving on earth. I have chosen the time interval 2010 to 2015, to base my memorial discourse that relates to the crucial unremediated issues that lead to mankind's cataclysmic demise.
Short story enthusiasts, this book is for you. It is a collection of my favourite short stories written over a span of approximately 25 years. During this interval I was privileged to work in various jurisdictions on 6 continents of the world. At each locale I chose to live as closely as possible with the populous therein, thus maximizing my chance to collect intriguing material for this treatise.
This book is a must to help the average student achieve enhanced academic performance. I have written eBooks on methodology for aiding learning disabled students and adults become special achievers. Students without any special learning challenges will find similar strategies, outlined in this book to be of great benefit in enhancing academic performance.
A must read for the short story fan who likes to be entertained and mentally challenged. This compendium is a heterogeneous collection of stories. Those who enjoy humor and intrigue will find much to enjoy. Most of the offerings herein are diverting and cheerful. However beware approaching sections toward the end. These have material of controversial, contemporary, subject matter.
This book is conceived to demonstrate just how deeply embedded the rapidly growing problems destabilizing our environment are ingrained in what constitute daily life particularly related to the upper and middle class. These range from personal life styles through the various societal, political, business and other infrastructure that ticks and tocks relentlessly during a typical day worldwide.
Have you attained adulthood and wondered why you possessed traits that made it difficult during your formative and vocational years to learn by conventional methods? You might have an undiagnosed learning disability. This book is uniquely different from most others, it having been written by an actual person who has a severe learning disability.
There is a dangerous and erroneous belief circulating that the current exponential output in environmental research will contain answers that will save our planet. Yet every minute we destroy 51 acres of rain-forest, we consume 35,000 barrels of oil and we release 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide into our environment: An environmental scientist considers the future sustainability of our biosphere
This is a very different book in important ways from the usual treatment that concentrates mainly on suggestions for improving the daily life of seniors. It is not written by an expert on seniors but by a senior whose diverse experiences and problems transcend the standard content purveyed by traditional experts. Many will find this a very controversial treatment of the category of seniors.
Like most 0.9 billion citizens in developed countries I felt I was living the “Real Life”. A variety of instances detailed herein proved that this was not so. As an environmental scientist at the University of Toronto and a consultant living and working worldwide it became evident that the “Real Life” belongs to our 6 billion co-inhabitants elsewhere. Here are brief amusing and emotive glimpses.
A must have for individuals that suffer from Bullying and related problems and for their parents, loved ones, teachers and employers. This small book outlines the experience of my struggles with bullying, oppression and other related difficulties. Despite being bullied and hounded from a variety of doubters I turned my life style failures and academic mediocrity into a major academic success.
This small book provides bipolar persons with a lexicon for vocational success. The material will assist parents, employers and health professionals. A handicap can actually be a stimulant to encourage a performance in life that will be well above average. I have proven this in my own case. Despite being bipolar and learning disabled I obtained a PhD in Chemistry and am a Full Professor.
Environmental issues are a pressing concern for governments globally. World overpopulation, causing subset problems such as, water scarcity, climate change, and resource depletion, is at the top of the environmental issues list. Environmental policies supporting global initiatives need to be enacted immediately, in order for our environment to continue sustaining future generations.
Crucial material for individuals with learning problems and parents and teachers. This book is unique because the instructive material herein was used by the severely learning disabled author to develop a learning strategy where-by he earned a PhD and became a full Professor at the University of Toronto. The book is relatively short, being written to be readily useable.
A must have for individuals with learning disability (10% of the population suffers severely with many more with a lesser difficulty); this small book outlines the experience of my struggles and victory over a severe learning disability. Despite being bullied and hounded from a variety of doubters and academic skeptics I turned my life style failures and academic mediocrity into a major success.
Despite being Bipolar and having a severe Learning Disability I earned a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and became a Full Professor at The University of Toronto. This book, Memoirs of a Manic, consists of 61 mainly humorous short stories related to events that occurred during my improbably successful career which includes publication of 6 research oriented Books by major Science Publishers.