Hi! Thanks for reading my profile! The photo is a self-portrait of the artist as a young (at heart) man.
I just re-joined on 8/08/06. I am finally divorced. Lots has changed, mostly all for the good [except for the divorce part :-) ]. Life goes on and can get better, if you let it and let God. <>< I was very opposed to my divorce, but couldn't stop it. After two years, I got equal custody and 50% time with my daughter. Moral of the story: never, ever give up. fight for what is right.
My renewed commitment to a daily relationship with Christ & God has been my anchor in the storm over the last few years, bolstered by the support of my Christian brother and family, my friends in Christ, and other friends. Good friends and loving family are priceless. I know He has a plan for me, and I am trying to accept and trust in that. That's a hard one at times, as many people know. . . letting God take the wheel. I have learned a lot from this. . . no pain, no gain, right? Ouch! Yet things can almost always be worse, and a good friend gave me this great quote: "Pain is inevitable, misery is optional. " Another one I like: "No self, no problem". I'm ready to graduate from boot camp anytime, though.
I am living in MT (another story of its own) after many years in Los Angeles working as a photojournalist for the L. A. Times, which took me from San Jose to St. Tropez. I am working in a completely different field for now, and may re-invent myself yet again, though I would like to get back to my craft -- photography-- in some substantial form in addition to writing, which I also enjoy. The next chapter in my life is slowly being revealed to me. I don't know where it will take me except that it cannot be far from my 8 year old daughter. She is the biggest gift in my life, and teaches me as much as I teach her. It's such a privilege to be a parent, even if it is also an awesome responsibility. When it's time--and I trust God will help me know when that is--I hope for an equal partner, to share the yoke and some jokes, with whom there is total trust and honesty, and a shared faith and commitment in God (the God of the bible, of course, not the narcissistic New Age God of Self that is corroding our society) and to each other. The H word (honesty) is paramount to me . . . the next most important thing after love. I am learning about unconditional love through my daughter. Paul's message of love in I Corinthians is so awesome. Among the many things I love and like, in no particular order: children, being a dad, laughing, music (very eclectic taste, including worship music) and hi-fi, photography and digital imaging, museums & galleries, nature, beauty- both man-made and natural, study & prayer, architecture, motorcycles, playing, cooking and food, passion for life, church, reading , movies, martial arts, woodcraft, being a reserve deputy sheriff, hiking, boating, diving, surfing, sport shooting, camping, traveling, foreign cultures, people, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I haven't soughta serious love relationship yet but companionship would be nice! I've heeded the advice from DivorceCare class at church (which I recommend? do a Google search for that). . . "Don't jump into a rebound relationship. . . out of the fat and into the fireI look forward to making some new, true friends, and someday finding that awesome partner and spouse. I wish for peace and happiness for all members of this site. Thanks.
Two parting thoughts, from George Carlin ;-)-- Atheism is a non-prophet organization. -- If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?