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A Brief History About Me

How did I come about to be someone who thought he was important enough to warrant a personal web page?  I'm not, and neither are most other people who have their own web pages.  


At best, I can say I think I've paid my dues:

I grew up in a fairly dysfuntional family.

I "served my country" for nearly eight years (U.S. Air Force)

I studied Philosophy for more than 6 years (almost getting a Ph.D.) then taught Philosophy for almost 26 years.

I've been married for almost 47 years (to the same woman, no less!)


Click the button below for my personal history.

About Me

An Honest Life Requires Cynicism

Cynics question the motives of other people.  This sometimes takes the form of assuming other people act for bad (or not-good) reasons.  

I don't go quite that far.


Historically, the cynic questioned the rules, standards, and conventions advocated by society.  

This is a good thing.

About Cynicism

My Bout With Cancer

I have colon cancer.  

It was found in 2018, but cancer is the sort of thing that never really goes away.


I had surgery (to remove part of my colon) and two attendant infections.

I spent 6 months getting chemotherapy - which seems in some wasy to be worse than the disease.

The Cancer Journal