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TagsLiterature (71), Philosophy and Religion (30), Native American (20), Science and Math (17), Stage Magic (11), Alchemy (7), Chess (7), remote viewing (2), cyberspace surfing (1), psychic (1) — see all tags

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About meBooks have been friends as long as I can remember. When I was very young, my parents and grandparents read children’s books to me. One benefit was that I learned to sit still and listen quietly—good habits to develop for reading. As I grew and gained reading skills, I began to seek books that interested me, especially those that stirred the imagination. A primary source for suggested readings was my grandfather, who read to me works like Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Mark Twain’s stories. Besides reading to me, he encouraged the desire for storytelling by relating adventures he had either experienced or heard about while he was a reporter for newspapers in Chicago. By the time I had reached fifth grade, my teacher gave students in her class special recognition for non-textbooks they had read outside of school. I quickly acquired an interest in history and found a new area of exploration: the pirates and buccaneers of the Caribbean Sea. I also found stories about Native American culture fascinating.

Now looking backward, I realize the influence that reading and, of course, books has played in my life. I enjoy delving into many different areas of human culture: past, present, or futuristic. I have spent thirty-six years as a college teacher, thirty-three of them at City College of San Francisco, teaching Humanities and English. Also, I have published three books and am working on a new one.

Humanities covers everything that humans have done—all the arts and sciences. Books are one channel for communicating and sharing personal visions of reality, but all the other arts forms—the visual arts, music, dramatic performances, dance, and architecture—are also excellent expressions of the human intellect and soul.



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LocationSan Francisco

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Member sinceNov 30, 2006

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