I actually got this idea from one of my favorite wildlife photographers, Tin Man Lee. He has a wonderful blog: Tin Man Photography, which is worth the visit.
- I was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio. My mother was staying with her sister at the time. We flew back to Westport, Connecticut when I was three weeks old and I grew up in Westport. Later, I returned to Yellow Springs to attend Antioch College.
- I’m a college dropout, at least first time around. I left Antioch after a year-and-a-half because I couldn’t decide on my major and didn’t see the point.
- “How did you end up in The Netherlands?” Purely by coincidence and I never got around to leaving. Now I’ve put down roots here. I moved here in 1970 at the age of 21. I lived in Haarlem (NL) for 26 years. Which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere.
- My grandchildren’s names are Sara and Stan and they’re absolutely adorable. I’ve dedicated my first book to them. Recently Cato has joined the gang, and she’s a sweetheart!. They live in Haarlem. My other son lives in the UK.
- I did go back to college, three times. I earned a Bachelors in Social Work (Opbouwwerk) at the Haagse Sociale Academie in the late 70’s. Then I earned a Masters in Public Law (Juridische Bestuurswetenschappen) at the University of Amsterdam in the late 80’s. And in 2012 I got my Masters in Coaching and Counseling at the Europees Instituut voor Educatie.
- I played the violin for years. Stopped playing about 15 years ago when I was having back troubles (and some emotional upheavels as well). To compensate, I’ve taken up singing.
- I’m passionate about nature photography. I want to be a mirror, reflecting the beauty of the world back to the world. I love to paint as well, but my real loves are photography and writing.
- I love birds. My garden is filled with birdfeeders and other enticements. I can watch them fly on and off for hours.
- I have a grey Burmese cat named SuuKyi (she used to have a brother named AungSan but he got hit by a car.). She’s a glutton for attention and a good mentor for me, encouraging me to sit quietly for at least 30 minutes a day so she can sit on my lap. I call it meditating.
- Most people think of me as being very extraverted. I’m actually a lot more of an introvert than I seem. In tests, I always score 50/50. So it really depends on the context which side of me you will get to see.
You will find some of this information in my book, Passage of the Stork.