I am a progressive individual who has worked in the area of community and natural resource development for the past 25 years, and an additional 10 years as a conservationist, all with a federal agency. I have serious concerns in regard to the direction in which our country is going. I am 'very' (my college English professor suggested only using 'very' for extreme situations) concerned about the abuse of our constitution and climatic conditions of the planet.
Also, I am extremely concerned about the nation's free press and the damage that is being done to this critical necessity for a sustainable democracy. I view much of the damage (to the principles of a free press) being caused by American corporations, former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell's right wing (putting it nicely) son, and the selfish air-heads running our country. I hope as a concerned citizen to attend the National Convention for Media Reform in Minneapolis this summer (2008).
I am proud to say my former wife and I have raised three children who have all earned their college degrees in: journalism; English/business; and wildlife ecology. And, my former spouse and I get along well, after being divorced three years.
While raising three children and working at a career that took oodles of time, I did not spend the time reading as I would of liked, other than newspapers and periodicals. (At one time in my life I was a newspaper junkie.) In the last ten weeks I have enjoyed reading, again, and have read five books, while working and trying to sell my home in Iowa. Early morning seems to be a time to get a good read in. I prefer non-fiction over fiction. History, current affairs, environemnt seem to my choosing. I recently enjoyed "Three Cups of Tea." (I give this book as a gift when a book is appropriate...and often when a gift is not expected.)
I actually read -- by default -- "John McCain, Faith of My Fathers" over Christmas break, since someone thought I was supporting John McCain; and, gave it to me as a Xmas gift. (...I was supporting a 'John,' as in John Edwards.)
I sound pretty serious, e.g. my username, "MTGBIS" is a rather serious abbreivation (that I explain in the next section of this profile.) I suspect "trying to make a difference" has guided my life; along with seven frustrating years of primary education from the Sisters of Notre Dame. I need to laugh more and realize that I can not solve all problems of the world, and that there will be more after I exit the stage. (...However, is it correct to state that this current generation of adults, through who they have elected, and the footprints we are leaving, are causing the most serious problems this world has encountered?)
I enjoy having fun as in exercising, the outdoors and taking in more of the arts, although I need to learn more per the arts.
I have always enjoyed dogs and have had a dog or two since graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I would like to experience mountain biking since taking part in the Ididrod [misspelled?] has probably passed me by.