My family came to Florida when I was five years old and Florida was essentially still a wilderness. Our playground was Clearwater Bay and the woods around our houses. After the Vietnam War when I was discharged, i began going to the woods again, this time to jog, and now to mountain bike. The closest I come to a religious experience is not in church, but in the woods, although I am a lapsed Unitarian. This is where my love of the outdoors comes from.
This likely explains my love of wildlife and pets. When I ride my mountain bike, I still things most people in Florida don't. It is not uncommon for me to see bobcats, otters, rattlesnakes, coyotes, foxes, among the turkeys, deer, and an occasional bear or panther.
I am also a lifelong writer and a voracious reader. There are not many literary classics I have not read. As far as I know, I am on the only person on the planet to read every volume of THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION. If you were to ask me who my favorite author might be, I couldn't answer, because there are so many authors with work I admire.
When I was 59, I discovered I was adopted. This took me by surprise, of course. It explained many things. This article can be found on my website entitled "Who Are We and Where Do We Come From" or "Skipping the Stone." I gained in the process a wonderful and beautiful sister.
I write every day without fail, and hope you enjoy or learn from what I write, and that I still have thing of value to offer the world.