I'm retired from public service, with multiple academic degrees. I read an average of three books a week, and write on average 1,000 words each day. I've edited a monthly arts periodical, and have a small reputation as a painter. I've been a Buddhist since the early 1960's in San Francisco. I was raised on a remote ranch in southern Arizona, and have traveled widely. Maybe one of these days I'll write something reasonably good, but I'm not holding my breath.