On Love and Marriage
This is my wife, Kathy. We've been together for 40 years. She's a professional oil painter and a community activist. You may have seen the Woman's Club building in Dade City. She's proud of having rescued and restored it. She also belongs to the Magnolia Circle of the Dade City Garden Club and to the Lake Jovita Ladies' Golf Association. I must warn you, though, she is a devoted yoga fan and will try to convert you.
These are my sons, Morey & Hudson, ages 23 & 28. Morey presently attendsSaint Leo University, and Hudson graduated from here in English a few years back. (Don't tell them that I've posted their pictures to my faculty profile.)
My favorite occupation is solitary reading. The Greek and Roman classics are something of an obsession, as is my chief academic interest -- political philosophy. My favorite classical text is probably Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, which I had the opportunity to teach in the Spring of '09. Currently, I am reading for the political science Senior Seminar class, which will focus on Winston Churchill. Even if you aren't a political science major, you should try a political philosophy course for a good mental workout. Pump up those brain cells!
My jazz album collection, of which I am inordinately proud, has passed the 200 mark. I also love classical Western music and classical Indian music, which to me sounds more like jazz. Most of my albums have been converted to mp3 and stored on my family server.
I love spicy ethnic cuisines and I fancy that I can cook some. For health reasons I endeavor to drink a single glass of red wine with my dinner. And I'm a recent convert to vegetarianism, though I not fanatic about it. I do eat small amounts fish and seafood though, so "pescatarian" would be a more accurate description, I suppose.
Other dietary peculiarities? Well, freshly ground coffee has replaced tea, at least for the time being.
I used to play a lot of tennis, but not any more. My knees won't take the jarring. During the winter break, however, I typically go West to snow ski with my family at Christmas time. If you want to challenge me to a round of golf, you have only to ask. And lately I have taken up fast walking in the morning, when the weather permits.
What's in the Bag?
Every now and then I'll have time to tinker with technology. Read the Keirsey Temperment Sorter report below, and you will immediately understand. In my office I have a university supplied laptop hooked up to dual monitors, and a personal 7" tablet playing music over bluetooth for ambience.. I carry a Samsung Galaxy 4 and occasionally use a 10.1 inch android tablet that I bought new for $100 the summer, neither of which are turned on all of the time. At home I've installed a wireless server and media streamer for the use of my family. And I have a Facebook account. Though I look at it about once a month, you are still invited to "friend" me.
For animal companionship, I used to train expensive salt water fish to die peacefully. As our sons were going up, our family took in a stray dog, a 100 lb. Belgian Shepherd that my younger boy named Rowdy. He hated UPS delivery trucks, all cats, and most squirrels. Rowdy passed away a half dozen years ago and is dearly missed by everybody but door-to-door salesmen and religious missionaries. Rowdy was an irreplaceable part of our family.
And whenever I'm not working like a dog, I like to travel to historically significant places around the world.
1977: My wife, Kathy, and I backpacked through Europe for 7 months, staying for weeks in Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Venice, Rome, London, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, primarily taking up residence in the great museums of Europe.
1987: After studying the classical world at two NEH summer seminars, I dragged my wife and our three-year old through Greece and Western Turkey, where we visited 40+ ancient ruins. Our motto was "A day without a ruin is a ruined day!" This was payback for the art trip.
1993: For a break from early childhood parenting, my wife and I dumped our boys on a baby-sitter, and headed for East Germany, shortly after the Wall came down. We toured East Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenburg, Lenz, Dresden, crossed over into Prague, Czechoslovakia, and returned through Weimar. There were no hotels at that time in East Germany, so we stayed in people's homes. We were in Prague when the Czech Republic broke away from Eastern Czechoslovakia!
1994: I made an expedition to the Myan ruins of Chichen-Itza in Mexico, where there is an early astronomical observatory, and hiked the ruins of Tikal, buried deep in the rainforests of Guatemala. Scenes of Tikal are featured in the final scene of Star Wars, episode IV -- the "original" Star Wars.
1998: Not long after that I traveled with my colleague, Jack McTague, to interview human rights groups in the former Soviet-Union, where I caught pleurisy touring a Russian prison in St. Petersburg.
1999: When our boys were old enough to learn from traveling, Kathy and I took them to Paris, London, Bath, and Wales. If you like castles, you'll love Wales! Did you know that Wales has a small town, Hay-on-Wye, that supports 39 used book stores? No kidding! The musty aroma of old and decaying books is perfume to the bibliophile.
2000: The next year, we took them on a luxury cruise through Scandinavia, stopping in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo. It all went by so quickly, but I do remember having Danish waffles in Legoland.
2001: By invitation I accompanied my golfing buddy, Jaime Evans, on his 50th birthday excursion to the Eastern coast of Scotland, where we played 20 rounds of golf on 18 different courses in 14 days. Whew! I'd like to try golfing abroad again, but at a slower pace, maybe along the coast of Ireland. They have some fine pubs in Ireland.
2002: Ten years ago Dr. Marco Riminelli and I escorted 15 Saint Leo University students on a three week study tour of London, Brussels, Paris, Florence, and Rome. This was the first university-sponsored student trip abroad in more than a decade. You may view the digital slides that I took of Europe i 2002.
2006: My wife and older boy asked me if they could go on one of the Saint Leo University trips, so the three of us followed Dr. Riminelli on his first Middle-Europe tour, through Prague, Vienna, Venice, Verona, Rome, and Florence. My wife and I sneaked off for a day with another older couple to visit the fantastic Archeological Museum in Naples and the buried city of Heraculum.
In 2008, I accompanied a group of students on a SERVE trip, led by Christina Buell, to Athens, Georgia, to help the poor. I cooked and served food at two shelters for the homeless, called out Bingo numbers at an old folks home, taught inner city kids to use computers, picked up garbage at a Boys and Girls Club, cleared a playground in the projects of glass, and swung a mean jump rope for some very energetic children who came out to play. I would heartily recommend a SERVE trip as an alternative to Spring Break as a meaningful way to connect with people and, perhaps, to refresh one's own spirituality.
Our family summers at the Canyons Resort, near Park City, Utah, where we make regular excursions from there to Cedar City in Southern Utah for the outdoors Shakespearean festival and to Las Vegas, Nevada, to play golf and see the shows. We have attended performances by the Blue Man Group, Penn and Teller, Cirque de Solie, Second City, and Natalie Cole (Nat King Cole's talented daughter). Neither Kathy nor myself gamble. 2013: This summer, massive wildfires threatened our condo.
I'm afraid that as I grow older, in the words of that great jazz standard, "I don't get around much anymore". If you think I've done some travelling, please interrogate professors Stan McGahey, the Hospitality and Tourism expert, or historian Jack McTague, who have visited far more exotic locations, under more trying circumstances. Ask Dr. McGahey about riding across Iraq in a Jeep with a sore back, or Dr. McTague about his recent visit to the slums in Mumbai.
Care to view the results of a personality test that I took online?
It probably says more about me than I ought to disclose.
The results are amusing. Evidently, I'm an eNTp, just like Walt Disney! Never would have guessed.
RATIONAL NTs, being ABSTRACT in communicating and UTILITARIAN in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in STRATEGIC ANALYSIS. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations tend to be marshalling and planning (NTJ organizing), or inventing and configuring (NTP engineering). And they would if they could be wizards in one of these forms of rational operation. They are proud of themselves in the degree they are competent in action, respect themselves in the degree they are autonomous, and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are strong willed. Ever in search of knowledge, this is the "Knowledge Seeking Personality" -- trusting in reason and hungering for achievement. They are usually pragmatic about the present, skeptical about the future, solipsistic about the past, and their preferred time and place are the interval and the intersection. Educationally they go for the sciences, avocationally for technology, and vocationally for systems work. Rationals tend to be individualizing as parents, mindmates as spouses, and learning oriented as children. Rationals are very infrequent, comprising as few as 5% and no more than 7% of the population.
The Portrait of the Inventor (eNTp)
Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition it is the functional engineering or inventive role that reaches the highest development in eNTps. It is so natural for these individuals to practice devising gadgets and mechanisms, that they start doing it even as young children. And they get such a kick out of it that they really never stop exercising their inventive bent. Of course as this kind of activity is practiced some structural engineering inevitably happens, so that the next kind of skill to develop in the ENTP is that of designing. Now planning contingencies and marshalling forces, though practiced in some degree in the course of engineering activity, develop more slowly and are soon left behind by the burgeoning of talent in engineering. However, any kind of strategic exercise tends to bring added strength to both engineering and organizing skills.
As the eNTps' engineering capabilities increase so does their desire to let others know about whatever has come of their engineering efforts. So they tend to take up an informative role in their social exchanges. On the other hand they have less and less desire, if they ever had any, to direct the activities of others, doing so only when forced to by circumstances.
As engineers of function eNTps wish to exercise their competence in the world of people and things, and thus they deal imaginatively with social systems as well as physical and technological systems. They are very alert to what is apt to occur next - under certain conditions, if certain criteria are met - and they are always sensitive to possibilities. Found in two percent (at most) of the population, Inventors are good at functional analysis, and have both a tolerance for and enjoyment of complex problems. Outgoing and intensely curious, eNTps are apt to express interest in finding out about everything they come into contact with, and this can be a source of inspiration to others, who find themselves admiring the eNTp's insatiable hunger for knowledge. eNTps are also endlessly inventive, and are the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that is the way things have always been done. They characteristically have an eye out for a better way, always on the lookout for new projects, new activities, new procedures. eNTps are confident in the value of their interests and display a charming capacity to ignore the standard, the traditional, and the authoritative. As a result of this innovative attitude, they often bring fresh, new approaches to their work and their lives.
Copyrighted © 1996 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.
Originally composed for the 2000 Freshman Seminar. The assignment was to write an academic biographical profile and a political orientation statement.
I had no great interest in politics as a high school student growing up in Tempe, Arizona. I wanted to be a geological engineer, believe it or not. It was only after I began attending Claremont Men’s College, just outside of Los Angeles -- a college that prided itself on its political science department -- that I caught the politics bug. My favorite freshman year teacher, Martin Diamond, happened to be featured on the cover of Newsweek as one of the ten outstanding college professors of the year. He introduced me to the subject of political philosophy and to such luminaries as the controversial Leo Strauss and Harry Jaffa, the Lincoln scholar. As a junior I landed a lucrative internship with Arizona Senator Carl Hayden and spent the summer running an elevator in the U.S. Senate and working after hours in the legislative assistant’s office, Roy Elson, as he prepared to challenge the popular conservative Republican Barry Goldwater, who sought to return to his seat in the Senate after an unsuccessful bid for the Presidency in 1964. I made enough money that summer to buy a snazzy red Ford Mustang.
In 1969, I graduated with a double major in literature and political science and a minor in philosophy. At the last minute I changed my plans to attend graduate school at Cornell, when the professors with whom I had planned to study fled to Canada in the wake of campus unrest, and decided to attend the New School for Social Research on 14th street and 5th avenue in Manhattan. There I took classes from the political realist Hans Morganthau, the Holocaust philosopher Hannah Arendt, the Green party philosopher Hans Jonas, and the Straussian disciple Alan Bloom (visiting from Chicago), graduating in 1977 with a doctorate in Political Science. My thesis, on the Political Oratory of Daniel Webster, received a lucrative award, but was never published.
Adhering to a promise I had made, I accompanied my wife, a budding artist, to Europe where we haunted the great museums for seven months, staying in youth hostels and small bed and breakfast joints. When we returned I found my first full time teaching job as a visiting professor at the University of South Florida. In 1979, my colleagues alerted me to an available position at Saint Leo College, a school I had never heard of.
Since coming to Saint Leo, I have acted as the Pre-Law advisor, directed the Honors Program, and provided summer workshops in technology and active learning for the faculty. I have attended several NEH sponsored seminars, including two on classical studies and one on multiculturalism. For a period I served as the managing editor of the Political Chronicle, the official publication of the Florida Political Science Association, and as a regular columnist for the newsletter of the National Collegiate Honors Council. I have published a few articles on literature, comparative government, and political philosophy, but no books. I do teach an extraordinary variety of courses; including, Intro to Politics, American Federal Government, State & Local Politics, Constitutional Law (I & II), Political Theory (I & II), and various honors courses, such as the Classical World View, the Humanistic Tradition, and the Human Condition Reconsidered, along with the Honors Research Methods Course. Recently, I assisted in the development of this course, so I hope you like it.
In case you haven't already guessed, I am a registered Republican, who tends to split his ticket when voting for local offices. Currently, I am appalled by our military's occupational practices in Iraq, from allowing the sacking of Baghdad to violating Geneva Conventions regarding prisoners of war, but I am skeptical about the good that would come from withdrawing our forces and turning Iraq over to the UN.
The Republican Congress needs to keep abreast of the changes recently enacted in national health care and welfare policies, and it needs to do something about simplifying the tax system (The last time this was done systematically was in 1986 by a Democratic Congress).
I'm not as keen as Bush about enacting constitutional amendments to advance social policy; I'd rather see the states do the problem solving. As for giving more perks to middle class college students; forget it! It's the folks stuck on the bottom of society who need increased opportunities. A restored and vibrant free economy should satisfy our dominant middle class. If tax cuts are what it takes to get there, then let's have tax cuts.
Oh yes, in 1968, I worked in the Washington, D.C., offices of Arizona Senator Carl Hayden, belonged to the Young Congressional Democrats Club, and actively campaigned for the liberal Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern. What is it Winston Churchill said? "Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain."