My somewhat circuitous career path began with an undergraduate degree in English Literature (with a concentration on creative writing) and meandered through work as a jewelry designer, musician, and health-food store owner before I became fascinated by the promise and challenge of Artificial Intelligence. This led to a study of computer science, a Ph.D., and a career consulting, writing textbooks, teaching, and working as a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. In 2011, I left the labs to pursue my enduring love of music and creative writing.

Blossom, my Literary Muse

The tagline of this site (“When you find your place, practice begins”) is from the thirteenth-century Buddhist master Dogen Zenji. It reminds me that any spiritual practice (including creative work) can only begin when we find the place where we belong, the place whose natural, cultural, and spiritual networks enfold us.

For me, that place is the house I share with my wife, our animals (multiple cats, and a cockatiel named Blossom), and the wild birds, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, bobcats, coyotes, and deer who find their way into our yard. It includes the bioregion of the Sandia Mountains, their foothills (where our home sits), and the plain descending to the Rio Grande Valley below us. I share this location with the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a small number of friends, organizations, and businesses that enrich my life.

I dedicate this web site and the work it represents to all the friends, family, teachers, colleagues, critters, artists, writers, musicians, and scientists who have made me who I am. And most of all, to my wife, Merry.

For more about my professional history, see my resume.