I'm recently retired, student of Buddhism, science and philosophy, avid reader, seeker of Truth, Spiritual practitioner (but athiest), ex-smoker, radical, writer, poet, jazz musician, trainer, counselor.

  Ask yourself: "Who am I, and where do I want to go?"

  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

  The Tree of Knowledge is not the Tree of Life.--Lord Byron, "Faust"

  The most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.--David Foster Wallace

Working toward better jazz piano:

Time: US East Coast

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My 45-year hobby

My best friends, Richard and Joni - on their anniversary! Congratulations!

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What I'm Doing:

Playing jazz on my NEW Yamaha piano! My Piano

What I've Done:

Researched, authored and published the Thai jewelry-related book, Overview of Siam Sterling Nielloware
1st printing in 2002, currently 1st printing of 3rd Edition.

Created E-Book, Survey of Siam Sterling Nielloware, in 2012, available at most E-Book download sites.

Researched, authored and published the book,Transcending Anger
1st and current printing and edition in 2011. Created E-Book in 2012, available at most download sites.

Bought a Yamaha U50-S piano (with "silent" feature-option - for apartment practice)

Played jazz keyboard/piano in coffee houses in Boston and Florida
Worked 15 years for a Florida county government, focusing primarily on technical training and new employee orientation
Worked 5 years as Mental Health Case Manager and Human Resources Generalist at a Florida mental health organization.
Conducted Insight Workshops in both New Jersey and Florida
Worked 15 years as Counselor and Coordinator of the Trenton (NJ) Adult Learning Center
Worked 2 years in US Army, 1st Cavalry, as Clinical Psychology Specialist

I'm authoring and editing a variety of written works, both nonfiction and fiction. I live on the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast.
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Current Goals:
To find old friends: Ted White, Sylvia, [Doug, George, Lonnie, Marilyn,] Liz, Nancy, Ellen [Phil, Joyce, Fran,]
To keep in touch with old friends: Marcia, Rich & Joni, Tom, Steve K., Dae, Dan & Suzanne G., Frank Merrill, Carol W., and Kenn
To stay close with relatives David (nephew), and cousins Steve and Ira Lukens
To complete a variety of written works, music-related works, and associated projects

Favorite Artists: Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Bird, Denny Zeitlin, Lenny Tristano, Clifford Brown, MJQ, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Michael Urbaniak, Jean Luc Ponty, The Adderleys
Favorite Jazz: Coltrane's My Favorite Things / A Love Supreme, Chick Corea/Return to Forever
Favorite Classical: Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances
Other Favorites: Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro,
Russian Easter Overture (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
Rock Group Favorites: Moody Blues, Beatles, Stones

Favorite Movies
Salto (Polish)(rarely seen); All of Bergman, including Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries; Peter Sellers movies;
Last Year at Marianbad; Fritz the Cat; Natural Born Killers


Introduction: There are many forms of Buddhism - Zen, Mahayana, Tibetan, Hinayana, Pure Land, etc. Each focuses on a facet of Buddha's teachings and life. My interest is in Mahayana and Zen, with emphasis on meditation and insight.

Favorite Quote (Though not Buddhist): "The Tree of Knowlege is not the Tree of Life"
Favorite Buddhist Riddle: What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
"Make me one with everything."

Buddhist Four Noble Truths:
1 - There is suffering (almost everyone suffers),
2 - There is a cause to suffering; craving (wanting),
3 - There is a cure to suffering; stop craving (wanting),
4 - How to stop craving ("Many paths up the mountain")

Favorite Buddhist-related Book: Ram Dass, The Only Dance There Is
Related Interests: Buddhism and Psychology; Gestalt Therapy

Friends and Relatives

My Brother, John
He just retired, and now has the opportunity to become a Master Chef...
My Nephew, David
He liked X-Men, Basketball, and Computer Games.
He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University
He has graduated from American Film Institute, with MFA in screenwriting!

David's Graduation in Los Angeles

Me, with my lifelong friend, Marcia, top New York advertising/marketing exec:

Favorite Fiction: Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
(also) On The Road, and Maggie Cassidy (Jack Kerouac)
Favorite Non-Fiction: Godel, Escher,Bach, by Douglas Hofstadter
Favorite Bookstore: (in Sarasota, FL): Main Street Bookstore..well, it WAS, until it closed down; sad.
Favorite Poets: Wallace Stevens, Allen Ginsberg

Collector of unusual antiques, especially unusual clocks, antique books, magazines, maps, and other paper ephemera

Some recent pics of friends and family - Nephew Dave: Dave's Mother, Sue:

Gorgeous views from Sue's back porch:

I think that we ought to do all that we can to bring before the world the importance of the attitude that we are not going to believe a thing unless there is some reason to think that it is true. I know that that is thought to be very shocking. It is supposed that there are a lot of things that you ought to believe because good people believe them, and not because there is any reason for them. I do not take that view. I think anything that is worth believing must have some positive ground in its favor.
--Bertrand Russell

We are often highly sensitive to our own sufferings but oblivious to the pain of others. Buddhism teaches the importance of empathy, feeling the suffering of others as your own. A century based on respect for life will not be realized as long as this spirit is disregarded.
--Daisaku Ikeda

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
--Lewis Thomas

(And two quotes on friendship from an unlikely couple):

"I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow."

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

"I, as a responsible adult human being, will never concede the power to anyone to regulate my choice of what I put into my body, or where I go with my mind. From the skin inwards is my jurisdiction, is it not? I choose what may or may not cross that border. Here I am the Customs Agent. I am the Coast guard. I am the sole legal and spiritual government of this territory, and only the laws I choose to enact within myself are applicable"
-Alexander Shulgin

"It doesn't help to plead your case with the Law of Gravity."

"There is nothing more dangerous than blind faith, be it political or religious."

I'd call a place pure paradise
where families are loyal and strangers are nice
where the music is jazz and the season is fall.
Promise me that or nothing at all.
--Maya Angelou

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