About Me (cont'd)
the way, I have had the wonder and delight of brushing up against and being with
a whole variety of people. Each had something to teach me. Often this took
place in a small Christian community. During our life in Florida, I was most
dramatically impacted and changed by a group of 8 other men, self-dubbed (with
tongue in cheek), the Urban Warriors. We were a group of men, all seeking
genuine, truthful experiences with other men. No John Wayne stuff – just honest
dialogue, tender presence to one another, confidential confessions, forgiveness,
and encouragement to walk on. It was a tremendous time of personal growth and
enrichment. I still remember the boys often.
The Most Important Ones
I have saved the best for the last. Dee and I have been married
since 1970, when I was
a two-striper in the Air Force. We now live in Wisconsin
where I work
within the human resources field. Dee is the finest human
being I know. You will never meet a more genuine, loving, caring person.
I wouldn’t be who I am today if she hadn’t entered my life.
a program for teens-at-risk and has compiled a fantastic record of sending them
on to colleges and universities throughout the country. I love you dear.
Tamra entered our lives in 1975, kicking and screaming. Tam is a
and left in October 2006 for a 7-month stint as a community nurse in Kenya.
She has a heart of gold which is opened every day.
insisted on joining
our family in
1976. Kim is working on her Master's in Public Policy at the
University of Minnesota, after several years of youth development work.
is her own
person; she has a very deep set of values and convictions. I am so
proud of each of our daughters. They give so much to our world.
At the end of
the day, what remains important to me?
● Gratitude. I couldn’t be more thankful for life. God is awfully good to
me. I take nothing, absolutely nothing for granted.
● A sense of presence. While not always successful, I try and be present to the
person I am with. I have one chance in life with them.
● A sense of purpose. I believe I am stumbling around "purposefully," as my dear,
departed budd Fran Ulschak used to say.
● A quest for learning. My interests are as varied as the colors of the
rainbow. Life is about learning. Quit learning and you die -- at least
● Family. There isn’t a better feeling than being among the three women of my
life – with whom I feel safe and secure; a place where I can be who I am without
● You. The odds are that we will never meet. But you remain as
important to me as the next person I bump into in the office. I would enjoy hearing from you
through email. Feel free to reach me with your suggestions, your critique,
your experiences in Honduras, your ideas on how to improve the site. You
can reach me .
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