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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 67, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • I presently do volunteer development work with assorted n...
  • Northwestern Univ, Univ of Missouri, Univ of Alabama Scho...
  • From Oakland, California. Childhood mostly in Los Angeles.
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About Me


To bring people to a larger and deeper experience of life by exposing them to places, people, and ideas new to their experience.


I'm a regular guy who has been allowed to live a magnificent life through no merits of his own. A montage of assorted jobs and experiences in universities and hospitals over the past 35 years, and having never married has allowed me to really see and hear our world. The best part is sharing what I see and hear with others through writing, lecture, and visual imaging. The ultimate compliment I ever received is being told by a highly educated health professional, “I would rather see the world through your eyes than through my own.” I was stunned. The invention of blogs and other resources is allowing me to do this with large audiences. A regular guy gets to show this magnificent world – to the world. Off-line we make it friendlier and safer. A group of us build Habitat for Humanity houses – full time. We build dreams for people who have forgotten how to dream. Single mothers often fall through the cracks. We catch some of them. At Meals on Wheels we serve 169,000 meals to those who no longer can dream of seeing the world or even the inside of their local grocery store. Life is about participating in a group effort to make the world something the disadvantaged want to see with their own eyes.


I want to leave the world tidier than I found it. I have received more than my share of grace and goodness in life.

"Beauty is a 100% renewable resource. The odds are 100% you will find it if you but look for it." My duty is to share what I find.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Newly arrived in CS in August 2011 I have nothing yet to put here other than my good intentions to host and travel. I live in a grand place to host and show off the region here. I love to show the world off. We have a lot of fine things here.


Writing inspirational books, extended travel, photography (my major preoccupation at present), building community via volunteer work, cabinet making, reading, extensive exercise.

  • writing
  • books
  • photography
  • beauty
  • exercise
  • reading
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • ecology
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Good Books:
Many Voices of Love - Henri Nouwen 1996
Silent Alarm - John Blumberg 2005
Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton 1948
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch 2008
Passions of the Mind - Irving Stone 1971
Silver Chalice - John Costain 1952
The Turning Point - Fritjof Capra 1982

Good Films:
"Lorenzo's Oil" - directed by George Miller 1992
"Dances With Wolves" - directed by Kevin Kostner 1990
"Mind Walk" - directed by Bernt Capra 1990
"The Thorn Birds" Directed by Daryl Duke 1983

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Descended into a live volcano on Sumatra in 1970.
Filmed eruption of another one in Guatemala in 1976.
Worked in field surgeries in Mexico for sixteen years.
Was about fifteen minutes ahead of the Chiapas uprising in 1994.

Teach, Learn, Share

Digital photography.
A systems view of sustainable ecology for consumers.
Strategies for personal empowerment over money.

Countries I’ve Visited

Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Peru, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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