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My wife, Candace, and I live in the woods about 8 miles from Eugene, Oregon.  Living in the woods, it feels like we are on a never ending campout.  I love living near Eugene, a beautiful, friendly, Goldilocks (not to big and not to small) kind of place in a state with the nation's most polite drivers.  I must add that my heart is in Knoxville, where I attended the University of Tennessee.  Like my fellow alumni, I have a deep and abiding love for the Volunteers.

I spent most of my professional life as a therapist working with adolescents and families in non-profit agencies.  After twenty years, I decided it was time for a career change and I started teaching 6th grade and then high school.  I currently work with special education students in a middle school.  Candace and I are foster parents.  We specialized in at-risk teen age boys and are now beginning to work with developmentally disabled young adults.  We also spent 14 years as scout leaders with a troop in an at-risk, working class, minority, Los Angeles neighborhood. 

As you can see, I have done and continue to do many interesting and fulfilling activities.  My hobbies include: reading, camping, hiking, storytelling and going to the movies.  I also enjoy petting our two adorable rescue dogs, Peyton (after Peyton Manning) and Madison.

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