Family & Old Farm
I was born in Palo Alto, California were I was raised for 19 years. My father
was a scientist and my mother was a home maker. I was able to travel a bit when
I was young because my older brother was a diplomat. I was able to visit him and
his family in Venezuela when I was 12. I was able to go to Angle Falls and stay
in the rain forest while I was there. I also visited Curacao Island, Porto Rica,
and Panama where we
could not leave the airport as we landed during the revolution.
At 15, I went to live with my brother and his family in Tokyo Japan. I was to
be there one year but my trip was cut short. I went to school at Nichimachi
International school in Tokyo. My nephews and niece and I had a great time. One
great memory was going to Yokahama every week with my oldest nephews to Boy
Scouts on the train. We were 11, 13, and 15 and traveling by ourselves was no
problem. I do not think I would send my 11 year old daughter out by herself now.
I moved to Oregon in 1971 to go to college at Oregon State University. And
yes that does make me a Beaver! I started to school in Geological Oceanography
but switched majors and graduated with duel degrees in Animal Science/Pre-Vet
and Business Management. I have lived in the northwest since 1971 in both Oregon
and Seattle, Washington.
I have many interests and concerns and I believe in contributing to
not only my family but to my community and the world. Life is all about balancing
and balancing my interests with work, school, and my family is always an
issue. That is one reason I put together this web site so that I can have
one place to keep track of all the things I am involved with.
I have a complete genealogical web site. Certainly one of my key
projects. I now have close to 11,000 people in my database. Genealogy has
also helped my become interested in history.
I have wanted my own winery or vineyard since I was in my early 20's. I
became interested in wine in college when a group of us created a wine
tasting club that met regularly. I learned to appreciate the art and
science of wine and dabbled in making wine during that time. Later, I had
some of my own vines and made my own wine. Now that was fun. I also volunteered
at a winery in Seattle working crush and again learned a tremendous amount
about wine. I still dream about owning my own vineyard some day.
I love photography and recently traded in my OM 1 that I got in college
for a more automated camera with the lens and features that I had wanted
for years. Lucky for me, the OM 1 had excellent trade in value. There are
a few photos on the site that I have taken and at some point there will be
far more as examples of my work and my interests.
My primary mode of exercise and something I love to do. I walk with my
daughter Kinnera and extensively walk at Kah-Nee-Ta,
the resort at which I work.
Time with my family
This is my major pastime. All of my recreation time is invested with my
I love to read for the challenge of learning new things as well as I
love a great story. Reading is also the gateway to knowledge
and is one of the prime ways to break out of the world of
I have a project mentality. Once I start a project, I like to work it
through. I often have felt that I would have made an excellent builder as
I love the process and outcome of construction. This is the same sense of
fulfillment I get when making wine or creating a web site. It is simply
Hazel and I made up our minds to adopt during the Christmas holiday in
1999. We had been exploring adoption for over 7 years but had not made the
decision to move ahead. We had taken the state adoption classes and
visited adoption agencies. David had been asking for a little sister for
that whole 7 years.
A decision like adoption is a big decision both financially and as a
change for the family. I also had to be comfortable starting a new family
at 48. Once we made the decision, and that decision was amazingly easy to
make, we started to explore the culture from which we wanted to adopt. As
a first step, we chose an adoption agency. Plan Loving Adoptions Now was the agency we choose and did so for several
|We had close friends that had adopted through Plan and had gone to
fund raisers for Plan and felt they were an outstanding agency.|
|Second, Plan is close to us and we had met with them and felt very comfortable
with them. We trusted them.|
|They had programs in the countries we were interested in and had 25
years of experience and dedication to adoption. |
|The director and a group of three other families had started Plan
over 26 years earlier and had an extraordinary passion for uniting
children with loving families. |
As a second step, we explored the culture from which we wanted to
adopt. We felt very strongly that we wanted to adopt from a culture in
which we were interested. We believe that to acculturate a child in their
native culture, you will need to be interested in that culture. This was a
personal decision but we narrowed it down to China and India.
We decided that we wanted to adopt from India and we were fortunate
that Plan has a long history working with India. We chose India for several
reasons, one of those reasons was that we had friends who worked with me
from India and I felt very comfortable with them and the culture.
In the end, if we could afford to adopt more children, we would. It is
a very exciting and worthwhile process. We are going to be the lucky ones.
Being able to raise a little girl is something we have wanted to do for
years. I would highly recommend working with an approved adoption agency if you are looking to adopt. Do not go it on your
own, you will add to the pain of the process significantly.
"Education is the process of
narrowing the gap that exists in all of us between what we are and what we
can become." Earl Nightingale
I am a lifelong learner and participate in our education system in our
town. My graduate work was driven by my desire for the intellectual
stimulation it brings and to become a professional dedicated to the
development of high performing adults. In fact I am working on my
doctorate right now and continue to pursue my passion for education.
I am dyslexic and learning has always been a struggle for
me. This may be why I have such a strong passion for education. I
understand when others struggle with reading and other disciplines.
There are benefits with every problem and I have found that being dyslexic
has forced me to become a very good listener. One thing I never did in
college was skip class. I always needed to be there for the lectures.
There are also things that I just can not do. Languages of any sort are
difficult for me. Memorization is very difficult. I am extraordinarily
good conceptually, far better than most, but the details just do not fall
into place. Pooh says it all on spelling.
We are very fortunate to live in a democratic society. I do not take
this lightly. I often think about what democracy means to me. I believe it
means far more than most people realize. The bottom line to me is that we
have options available to us guaranteed by law. We have options to hold
beliefs, to behave within the law, to make lawful choices that will take
us where we will in this life. The key is options. I believe any movement
that seeks to limit options, seeks to take away our democracy.
The beauty of a democracy is that we can believe what ever we want to
as long as we do not impose our beliefs on others. This is truly freedom.
Imposing beliefs involves forcing others to act within our template of
beliefs. I am becoming concerned that there are many in our society
that would like to eliminate opposing points of view. This is being done
by the attempt to silence the working class by eliminating union political
contributions, creating laws to limit political dialogue, and generally
doing what ever it takes to destroy the opposition. I see it in many facets
of our political system. The trend to destroy the opposition through
outright lies and deceit is very disturbing. I see Deception, Distortion,
and Distraction as the new tools of propaganda for the neo-conservatives.
It seems that the right
believes that the end justifies the means. This is absolutely contrary to
the democratic process where the end is justified by the process. I do not
relish living in a right wing dictatorship.
I understand that political campaigns are zero sum games where if you
can take one vote from your opponent, you gain one point. There is no
second place role in a campaign. But this also does not warrant the
personal intrusion that is now the norm in political debate. The
process is undermining our democracy. Winning is becoming more
important than civil debate.
Democracy depends on open debate and opposing points of view. It
thrives on plurality. The more differences we have, the richer our culture
becomes. I often wonder how many people would attend a football game when
only one team showed up. Any effort to dominate and exclude begins to feel
like a dictatorship of ideology, and this is something I oppose. A
dictatorship, no matter the form, is in direct opposition to democracy.
Where a dictatorship is the rule of the minority over the majority, a
democracy is where we are blessed by the rule of the majority with a
strong protection of the minority.
One of the defining differences between a democracy and a dictatorship
is that in a democracy, we own our beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, and
perceptions and the state defines what constitutes crime against society.
Where in a dictatorship, the state owns our beliefs, thoughts, attitudes,
and perceptions and defines what constitutes what is legal in society. A
Open political debate is the foundation of our democracy. Politics
involves the peaceful resolution of differences. The alternate is war.
When the minority forces beliefs on the majority, this is often not a
peaceful process. Let's work together to protect our democracy.
Protection of the future of the earth for our children and the
generations to come is a critical priority for the world. Coupled closely
with this is world wide public health which has a profound impact on our
environment and the security of the world and our nation. Somehow we need
to figure out how to preserve our world for the generations to come.
One of my major concerns is that in an attempt to maximize money for
our society and citizens, we will be all to willing to sacrifice the
environment. The United States needs to take a leading world role in the
elimination of environmental destruction. With the power of mining, oil,
and other business interests dedicated to maximizing profit for share
holders, I have great concerns about the future of
our resources. I am amused by the conservative position that businesses
will act in the best interest of all if given financial incentives. Very
few will unless there are strong laws backed by enforcement driving the
behavior. Any other assumption is simply naive and differs from the
history of humanity.
Community is important enough that I have created a page dedicated to
community. There are also links on the link page dedication to community.