Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fire Keeper

I grew up in the shadow of Ishi, last of the California Yahi, but it would be half a century before I would understand the imperative of diversity among the races and cultures of the human species. Trained as a biologist and ecologist, my cultural awareness matured over fifteen years in graduate school and research in Ontario, Canada.  Returning to the U.S., I was privileged to serve for 30 years in a great research university in the upper midwest. A multitude of students and professional associates furthered my education continuously through retirement in 2009. With the support of friends and family, I find that a Professor Emeritus can find peace and comfort in a pastoral region of the Driftless Area.  I hope that this blog will allow me to continue to celebrate the boundless opportunity and commensurate obligations that Americans enjoy in governing and understanding themselves.