I was born a long time ago, back in 1955. You do the math. Let’s just say I’m old enough to have learned something about life and young enough to still enjoy living. I have lived my entire life in the Southern California area. And I’m about as American as you can be. My family came here on The Mayflower. I had family at Valley Forge. I also had family in the Southwest as far back as the 1700s, back when it belonged to Spain, and then to Mexico. So my roots here go deep.
I have a deep interest in music, roots music in particular. I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 13, and since you’ve already done the math, you know that is a very long time. Along the way, I picked up the banjo, the mandolin, the dulcimer, and about anything else I could get my hands on. Let’s just say that I like making music. I’ve written more songs than I can count. You can hear some of them on this web page. I’ve done my share of performing, but these days, I mostly play and sing at church.
I also have practiced kung fu for the past thirty years. I actually had a psychic tell me once that it was my destiny to study martial arts. I tried not to, but it didn’t work out and I sort of fell into the practice. I studied several styles, including Tai Mantis Kung Fu and Sun style Tai Chi under Sifu Kam Yuen, Yang style Tai Chi, Wu style Tai Chi, a bit of Ba Gua and the tiniest bit of Kempo Karate. However, my Sifu and master was Sifu Richard Cunningham of the South Bay Kung Fu Club. I studied under him since 1984. I am still part of the South Bay Kung Fu Club and I teach up here in the mountains. My school is Mountain Spirit Hung Ga Kung Fu.
I started writing blogs several years ago on the social media site, Reverb1, which my son created. A few years ago, I wrote my first novel, Natural Selection. It’s a murder mystery. Buy it on Amazon.com. I think you’ll like it. I wrote blogs on various subjects; however, my blogs on religion were the most popular and I continue to write them here now. I call them my Sunday Stories. I hope you enjoy them.
I worked as a retail store manager and as a banker, but most of my life has been spent as an elementary school teacher. I taught for Los Angeles Unified School District. I met my wife at the school where I taught. I retired from teaching in 2012.
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