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Shotgun Bio – Experiences in the World

Here, “shotgun” denotes a somewhat disorganized approach – in this case, to a bullet-point type of personal biography. What follows is a non-exhaustive list of my experiences in life. Some readers will take little or no interest in this. Others, such as certain potential employers will find it “inappropriate” and “too much information.” Unconventional persons, including potential employers, will find it to be an interesting, novel, and useful part of a Curriculum Vitae. It will speak to my creativity.

Been in a tornado

Jumped from a plane

Been run over by a train

Bit by a dog

Killed a man (not really, but this does introduce an interesting story): See Kansas Bureau of Investigation below

Been lost skiing, growing a 2 inch beard of solid ice

Been lost at night on a jungle mountain in Fiji

Been on fire twice (the garden Christening and the sleeping bag incident)

Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon & 30 years later, camped on the freezing rim

Hiked the California redwoods several times

Hiked the spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah

Lost use of my legs near the top of Albert Rim in Oregon and “crabbed” all the way down through cactus and boulders 

Was 1 of 2 best readers in 1st grade, and before “gifted classes” were offered in my town, was nearly skipped a grade

Most frequent negative feedback in elementary school was that I did not make good use of spare time

Won “Science Fair” awards in grades 1 and 2

In 9th grade was teachers assistant for an 8th grade science class

In 8th grade, presented an exemplary audio project to the entire 9th grade class

Was one of the 50 top high school science students in my city and was inducted into “Science Seminar” at the local university (Topeka West High)

Was president of my chess club, Landon Junior High

Was graduate school vice president of Psi Chi (an academic psychology honor society)

Was nominated and inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (an academic honor society)

Highest score on graduate school qualifying comprehensive exams

Top grades among peers in graduate school (Dean’s and President’s lists)

Was Teachers Assistant and Graduate Assistant in graduate school

Published my masters thesis

Masters thesis referenced in a presentation to the US congress in 1997; thesis cited in 95 articles internationally

Have written at least 50 complete songs

Have disastrously performed a few of these in public

Have been played guitar in a bluegrass band

Currently (2018) am learning violin

Have been given credits on a CD of experimental music; Brendon Anderegg – Anomia

Managed a small music venue (300 – 600 people) in college: Coffeehouse Committee, Catskellar, KSU

Ran a 24 channel soundboard for a municipal amphitheater in Manhattan, KS

Helped to wire the amphitheater’s stage in its construction

Sold my first watercolor painting at age 10 for $5.00

Won a regional watercolor award in 7th grade

Have shown my drawings and paintings a few times publicly

Earned money in college posing nude for figure drawing classes

Owned and operated an art gallery; The Exceptional Dream Art Gallery (1996)

Have frequented the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art in Kansas City

Have frequented the Chicago Institute of Art in Chicago

Have been to the Louvre and D’Orsay in Paris several times

Have been to the Hermitage/Winter Palace in St. Petersbrg, Russia

In 5th grade wrote, directed, and acted in a play which was censored by the teacher 

Wrote a play at 18 which was performed in a number of states

Introduced my parents’ church to professional theatre lighting and effects

Directed plays twice (5th & 12th grades)

Played male lead in an original play on a small stage (KSU)

Have acted and sung in a musical production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” (KSU)

Was cast in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Have participated in set building and stage construction

Managed a dinner theatre production (KSU)

Have legally officiated the marriage of two straight couples and four lesbian couples (Portland, OR)

Was the “maid of honor” for an Islamic friend at her wedding to a Catholic man

African-American priest and 3 unmarried pregnant bride’s maids 

In high school, constructed a functional “bed of nails”

Have felt the dying pulse of a red tailed hawk hit by a car

Have felt the dying pulse of a 4 year old girl hit by a car

Raised Lazarus (no, not “the” Lazarus, but this does introduce an interesting story) – the injured man’s name really was “Lazarus”

Carved tombstones for awhile during college

Built agricultural buildings with concrete, steel beams and sheet metal

Worked the bread industry in grain silos, flour mills, and bakeries

Worked the printed word in two printing presses, two bookstores, and once as a newspaper boy 

Worked once as a garbage man, and several times as a janitor

Floated in sensory deprivation tanks, several times

Been in sweat lodges with the Potawatomi

Have consumed a fairly full range of drugs and alcohol

Have owned approximately a dozen cars

Lived in the countryside (very rural) 3 times

Have had psychotherapy several times with the longest continuous period being one year and am in psychotherapy presently

Have had therapy at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon (lead by Arnold Mindell)

Have had therapy at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas (Karl and Walt Menninger)

Have meditated and sung Kirtans with Ram Dass 

In college, was the coordinator of a suicide crisis line (The Fone Crisis Center)

Worked 6 years as an aide in a state psychiatric hospital (Topeka State Hospital)

As of 2016, have practiced as a psychotherapist for 20 years and have been licensed for 18 years (license is current)

Have been homeless against my will twice, but never “on the street”

In 2010, I sold most of my possessions in order to travel across the USA and around the world

Have been in jail twice (one hour each time); too many tickets & a personal Alice’s Restaurant story

Have had a gun drawn on me by police

Have been handcuffed by police

Have represented myself in court and won cases

Have been investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for murder

Have been investigated by the Oregon State Police for “being intimidating” ??? Attorney made them stop it

Have written at least 50 completed poems

Wrote published record reviews at age 16 for a national magazine (Group Magazine)

Was only male in a “Psychology of Women” class

Was only male in a “Women Against Rape” (WAR) rally

Was only male working in a “Womens’ Resource Center” on a college campus

Attended Burning Man 4 times (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001)

Seen the Blue Man Group twice

Saw Allen Ginsberg read “Howl” at Kansas University

Talked with Todd Rundgren (about football!)

Met US President Jimmy Carter

Got in to see US President Ronald Reagan speak using a black man’s ID

Know how to juggle

Once owned a unicycle which I never quite mastered

Broke my nose three times (once on the back windshield of a car, once on a man’s fist, and once in my one and only “drunken injury”)

Spent a day in New York City

Been to the top of the World Trade Center

Been to the top of the Sears Tower (presently known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago

Been to the top of “The Arch” in St. Louis

Been to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle.

Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower

Have been to “the top” of Paris (Sacré-Cœur Basilica)

Been to “the top” of Rome (top of the copula in St. Peter’s Basilica)

Been to the top of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Have seen Denali (Mt. McKinley) from Talkeetna, Alaska

Have been to British Columbia, Canada twice (once to Victoria on Vancouver Island and once to the city of Vancouver)

Have spent the night in Ottawa, Canada

Have spent the night in Las Vegas visiting the casinos

Toured the American South and visited Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Spent 10 days in Paris in 2009

Circumnavigated the Earth in 2011, Portland to Chicago, Chicago to Chicago (east), to Portland (west)

Have visited France, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji with pass-throughs of Latvia, Lithuania and stopovers in England (London) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Have visited the concentration camps in Auschwitz & Birkenau outside of Krakow, Poland

Visited the home and office of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, Austria

Visited one of Beethoven’s apartments in Vienna, Austria

Saw Pope Benedict XVI in person in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City

Snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairnes, Australia

Kayaked ocean waves between islands in Fiji

Got locked out of Versailles and “broke” back in (just outside the cottages of Marie Anntoinette)

Have lain on the floor of the Sistine Chapel to better see the ceiling before being rousted by the guards

Escaped shady “bus police” in Tallinn, Estonia

Broke free to see the far side of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy

Roamed the ruins of Pomei in Italy

Was robbed of $1000 USD in St. Petersburg and recovered it with the help of the Russian Police

Have designed and maintained more than a half dozen websites on the internet

Have shared my home and couch with many travelers, strangers, and friends

In college, focused on psychology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology and as I think on it, did before college, and continue to do so today. 

Have testified numerous times before the Oregon Legislature regarding various bills

Have met with and written to Oregon senators, representatives and other officials regarding bills, rules, laws, and Medical and Mental Health licensing boards 

Have been an effective advocate of Psychologist Associates before the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners 

Have been a activist involved with the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners for 15 years and have come to the defense of many licensees abused by this board

Helped to found the “Healthcare Alliance for Regulatory Board Reform” (HARBR) in 2016 and serve as one of its executive directors

Had my license wrongfully suspended by the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners for one year from 12-2013 to 12-2014. The case was heard before the Oregon Court of Appeals in 10-2015. Court of Appeals overturned the board decision on 4-19-2017. Precedent was set. As of 1-2018, my case has been cited in two additional winning cases. In 8-2017 I was awarded my attorney fees by the court which set another precedent.

Saw presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in person at a 2016 rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Managed registration and sales for 5K fundraiser runs for Tualatin Valley Mental Health

Supervised volunteers for the Oregon Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

Coordinated volunteers at the Fone Crisis Center Suicide Hotline (KSU)

Have seen the Dalai Lama in person

Taught peer sex education in college

Have seen The Grateful Dead three times, Crosby, Stills & Nash twice, Bruce Cockburn twice, Leo Kottke twice, Dan Fogelberg twice, Michael Martin Murphy, Emmy Lou Harris, John Prine, Ricky Lee Jones, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Jack White, Todd Rundgren (met him), Utopia, The Tubes, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaugh, The Rolling Stones, Heart, George Thorogood, Chicago, Asleep at the Wheel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Huey Lewis & the News, Etta James, Billy Joel, Nigel Kennedy, Tangerine Dream, Michael Hedges, Winston & Bradford Marsalis, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, John Michael Talbot, Hawkwind, Oscar Peterson & Ramsey Lewis, Stone Temple Pilots, and David Bowie (to mention a few)

Have run sound for The Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, John Hartford, De Dannann (with Maura O’Connell), Norman & Nancy Blake (among others)

Saw Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon (noteworthy because of the venue)

Saw Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival

Saw Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar performed at the the Opéra (Palais Garnier) in Paris and have see three other performances there

Saw Phyllis Schlafly speak; yelled inappropriate remarks and ran (in college; very juvenile) : )

Saw U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions give his unpopular “Immigration Speech” in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Have seen/heard many artists and authors speak including:

Fritjof Capra, Author (Tao of Physics, Dancing Wu Li Masters); Eric Bogosian, Author, Actor, Dramatist, Performance Artist (Fun House, Talk Radio, “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll”); Miranda July, Performance Artist, Actor, Author (Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Future, 10 Million Hours Per Mile, The Binet-Simon Test, The First Bad Man), Albert Ellis, Author, Psychologist (Founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), Otto Kernberg, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalist (General Academics; Menninger Foundation), Dan Millman, Author (Way of the Peaceful Warrior), Jack Kornfield, Buddist Psychologist, Author, Teacher (A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils & Promises of Spiritual Life) …

Saw Grigori Rasputin’s penis in a jar (yes, that’s right) near the US Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia

Have held memberships with Rotary International (Fort Wayne Club), The Portland Opera Guild, The Portland Art Museum, The Chicago Institute of Art, The American Psychological Association, The Association of Psychological Sciences, International Society of Political Psychology, American Mental Health Alliance, Amnesty International, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The National Rifle Association (NRA), The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons … 

Shot an ailing puppy in the back of the head to spare its suffering

Chopped a chipmunk in half with an axe to spare its suffering

Raised a wild cotton tail rabbit, let it go

Raised a wild blue jay, let it go

Raised a wild fly catcher (bird), let it go

Raised chickens, ducks, and geese

Have owned a full variety of pets (yes, including dogs and cats)

Outside of academia, have taken lessons in tennis, bowling, swing dance, fencing, Kung Fu, French language, sculpture, figure drawing, water color painting, oil painting, chess, creative writing, violin, banjo, guitar, bass guitar, bagpipe

Went to fisticuffs twice as a boy in self defense

Went to fisticuffs as a man once in self defense

Survived (and thrived, following) many workplace complaints against me

Early in life was frequently called “creative” by people who didn’t understand me, and later in life was called “esoteric”

Have watched the Perseid meteor showers from atop Mt. Hood, at Cloud Cap, just below the Elliott Glacier

Have viewed two “full,” and one “total” solar eclipse:

1979 – Manhattan, Kansas – near full. Used a mirror to project a 3 foot image of the eclipse on my dorm room wall

1994 – Manhattan, Kansas – near full. Prominent mini-multi eclipse images in tree branches. Shared the experience with my patients at an acute care psychiatric facility

2017 – Hopkinsville, Kentucky – “Totality”. Best vantage point in the entire U.S. Drove to Kentucky from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Caught my limit of 40 lb. halibut in the Cook Inlet west of the Kenai Penesula in Alaska

Saw the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as well as Denali (Mt. McKinley) from Talkeetna, Alaska

Sailed the waters between Laguna Nigel and Catalina Island in southern California

Screened and reviewed film submissions for the 2017, 2nd Annual Hobnobben Film Fesival in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Have journaled regularly since 1995 filling at least 50 volumes, nearly all on/in 5.5 x 8.5 unlined green Strathmore wire-bound recycled paper Sketch books, series 400