By age 27 I had reached life’s mountaintop.

Then the distractions that get ahold of us all, got ahold of me, and for the next two decades I traded my unique life for the false American Dream. Thankfully, I woke up from that fog and am once again climbing the mountain, much wiser having survived those wasted years.

I’ve experienced the prosperous and exhilarating side of life—military, Peace Corps, college degrees, unique travel, and interesting career choices—as well as the drudgery of life—the mortgage payments, the career lows, the game of blindly following the herd. The life lessons learned from my failures have perhaps been more valuable than those learned from victory.

I grew up in suburban Cincinnati, but have since lived and traveled extensively across three continents and many regions of the United States. I currently live in Florida with my suffering wife of 25+ years and my college-student daughter, with a son far off in the military.

From this point, I strive daily to keep the fires of a unique life forever lit.

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”