Armed with enough education in philosophy and the social sciences to confuse almost anything, I did what most any educated person in my situation would do and became a carpenter. Out of my eventual frustration at our approaches to building, I became active in energy conservation and alternative energy sources. For fun, I submitted stories to small magazines so that I'd never have a shortage of rejection slips. I read the great classics. I drew and painted, and made things. I married a woman with two daughters and became a father. Years passed, many things happened, some wonderful, some not, and then I retired. I became president of the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild and one of the founders of the Guilded Gallery in downtown Stanwood. After that, many other things happened, some wonderful, some not, so I read and wrote, drew and painted, and made things. I was nearly invisible the day Sally Pray called and asked me to help a bunch of incredible people put on The Summer Arts Jam. I'm glad I said yes.