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EDUCATION: Ba, political science, 1994, Simon Fraser U, Burnaby, B.C.
Master of journalism, 1995, Langara Polytechnique U, Vancouver, B.C.
LANGUAGES: English, French (moderately fluent. I can talk my way around Quebec!);
Retired news reporter. I covered the city hall and province beats for a daily broadsheet newspaper in the B.C. Interior. I LOVE the practice of journalism - the speed, the urgency to meet deadline, the adrenaline rush when you finally track down that one source who completes your story. It's like a drug! News journalism is the way my literary hero, Ernest Hemingway, honed his too-good-to-be-true writing skills. I dream of one day writing just one PERFECT sentence, as good as Hem's stuff.
MUSIC: Beatles, Stones, Elton John, James Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who.
MOVIES: Out of Africa, Trip To Bountiful, Woodstock, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Buffalo Bill & The Indians, Little Big Man, 2001 - A Space Odyssey, ..all of Clint Eastwood's newer westerns .
BOOKS: All fiction by Ernest Hemingway, all by Margaret Atwood.
ONE BOOK TO TAKE TO A DESERTED ISLAND : The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Vol. 1 (includes best story ever written, "The Hills of Kilimanjaro"
QUOTES: “All You Need Is Love” “Peace, Love & Drugs, Man.” “F ---k the PIGS” 'Power To The People“ “Healter Skelter” “Tune in, Turn on, and Drop Out”
FOODS: Sweet potato french fries
PLACES I WANT TO VISIT: England, Africa, (esp Kenya, Ethiopia)
Survivor of ruptured brain aneurysm. [ see: http://nothingyoucansee.wordpress.com ].
My most beloved place on Earth is Mexico. I have wintered there annually for many years. I speak fluent Spanish, the language learned so long ago formally in high school, and later by immersion when touring Mexico as a hitch-hiking hippie. Now that I am in full retirement, I intend to acquire a "snowbird" home on the Mexican Riviera and plant myself there on a more fulltime basis.
There is no more ancient, storied and exotic country in the Western Hemisphere than my beloved Mexico. There is no other multi-ethnic native population so directly linked by blood to peoples of great mysteries and and amazing powers, the Maya and the Aztec.
And for all of that, I worship the sun, sand and blue blue seas of the Mexican east coast. I tan well. I snorkel. I specialize in DOING NOTHING!