After acknowledging my blinding flash of the obvious that I would never find the answer "out there," I settled down to live in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, and became a partner with Interaction Associates, an Organizational Development consulting & training company, good work and a good company. I learned so much, about friendship, collaboration, and myself. I worked with IA for 22 years, first out of San Francisco, and then moving the family to Dublin, Ireland. After my family returned to U.S., I spent the final five years of my career with Interaction Associates, growing the business in Europe (while I commuted from San Francisco, whew!)
When Wendy and I married, I suddenly had the chance to co-father and participate in raising two wonderful little guys, Doug and Gavin. Our daughter Caitlin arrived a year later. All three are now well established in their own lives and careers, married and with children. We are blessed with four grandchildren. When the last child left the nest, we moved from the S.F. Bay Area to Ashland, Oregon, where I began to write, at first children’s books, and then two novels, before I discovered the delights of personal non-fiction. After my multiple award-winning memoir, King of Doubt, was released in 2017. I turned my attention to what I call “Mindful Conversation,” writing a book, How to Talk With Anyone, Anyplace, Anytime, about Anything … and Enjoy it, teaching and speaking on that subject.
I have dedicated myself to two guiding principles. The first is creativity – the quest, the moment of inspiration, the joy of exploration and discovery. This is my life blood, what makes me feel most alive and present. The second principle that sustains me is mindfulness, the ongoing adventure of trying to be present to the moment, living fully and authentically, in tune with my own feelings, thoughts, and sensations, and holding myself and all around me in compassion.
I apply these two principles to my chosen field of study, communication, written and verbal. I now write, teach, coach and speak about mindful speaking and mindful writing. I try to live my life close enough to the edge that I can see over but not topple off. One day at a time. I fail often, but thrill to the challenge.
That's mostly the outer story. For details and the inner story, I invite you to read my memoir, King of Doubt, participate in the (free) Conversation Style Survey, and stay tuned for the upcoming release of How to Talk With Anyone, Anyplace, Anytime, about Anything … and Enjoy it.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.