What is your interest my friend ?
A Response to a Request by mubarak_h
January 12, 2010
Thank you for your request, although while I am not sure exactly what your are looking for in terms of a response I will give this my best shot.
The simple answer to this request is that my main interest, passion if you will, is my family. My wonderful wife and four children are what give the greatest joy to my life. If I can borrow and paraphrase the late Sir Winston Churchill's comment concerning his feeling toward his wife, I can honestly say that I met and married my beautiful Bella and lived happily ever after! That about sums up my feelings for my better half.
As to other interests, my choices are broad and eclectic as can be seen from the range of topics that I write on for HubPages.
I Have Always Enjoyed Traveling
I have always enjoyed traveling and the experience of seeing new places and meeting new people. In fact I finally found time to write this response to your request while vacationing, during the break in teaching between semesters, on a Caribbean cruise with my wife.
We are enjoying ourselves on a beautiful ship, actually a seagoing resort, carrying over 2,000 passengers from North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia, and run by a captain and crew consisting of close to 1,000 of the nicest people in the world and recruited from practically every nation in the world.
The passengers are just as nice and we have met and enjoyed the company of a number of different people.
History is Always a Fascinating Subject
History is another favorite of mine. I was first introduced to history by my Father who was of the opinion that history is, at its heart, a story to be told and enjoyed. I have read and enjoyed history since my Father first fired my interest when I was a young child.
It is easy to tie history to travel because travel not only gives one a chance visit historic places they have read about but also exposes one to new places and a desire to learn its past.
Then there is Finance
Finance is not only a useful skill for managing and using money but can be a fascinating subject as well.
Of course it didn't hurt that my Father was a banker his whole career and he and my Mother had met while both were working at the same bank. One of my grandmothers had also worked in banking as had my grandfather (her husband) who had died shortly after my Mother was born. My other grandfather, who had also died before I was born, had been an investment and insurance salesman.
Of course, having all of these financial people in my family didn't mean we were rich – they handled other people's money but, like me, focused their passion and energy on their families rather than the acquisition of wealth which meant that I have had to work for a living as well.
I Discovered Economics in College
In college I discovered economics and enjoyed it so much that I decided to major in it as well as in history.
Economic history, which I have learned to enjoy, is a bridge between the two but the real appeal of economics while in college, in addition to enjoying it, was that it offered better career prospects than history
Politics and Freedom
Politics is another area of interest as can be seen in some of my Hubs. Being closely related to both history and economics as well something that was frequently discussed and debated around the dinner table when I was growing up.
Of course, while I have very strong political views, I have always tried to follow my Father's advice to never discuss politics or religion unless I am sure that the other person either shares my views or is like me and tolerant enough to allow others to hold different views even if those views are incorrect.
While I am a registered Republican, I no longer call myself a Republican, preferring instead to refer to my views as libertarian or conservative. My passion, second only to my family, is freedom and, like Thomas Jefferson, I tend to view government as a necessary evil which, while needed, is best kept as small and weak as possible.
I am opposed to big government because the excessive rules, most of which are designed to guaranty special privileges for special interest groups at the expense of the rest of us, and the high taxes which limit our ability to make our own decisions and provide for ourselves.
One cannot exercise political freedom without economic freedom. This has been amply demonstrated in totalitarian states where the press retains the right to publish what they want but, with the government controlling the economy, newspapers that print stories unfavorable to the government soon find that they cannot buy newsprint. The same is true for other things so that people soon learn that, in order to survive, they have to bend to the will of those in power. Thus, without the freedoms provided by the free market, political freedom often exists in theory only.
As I have pointed out in some of my economic articles, removing the dead hand of government from the economy of a nation always results in economic progress and rising prosperity for all.
provided the information you were looking for when you made the request.
Below are links to some of my Hubs which, if you haven't read them, should give you more insight into my interests.
Links to Some of My Other Hubs
- How to Show Love for Step Children
It is often said that the Lord works in mysterious ways and in allowing me to fulfill my desire to follow in the footsteps of my father, of which I am the first born of five, and have a large family of my...
- How About a Romantic Breakfast?
When one thinks of romantic dining, images of a candle lit dinner with soft music playing come to mind. However, once you are married with each trying to manage a job and chauffeuring the teenagers, etc. such...
- We Find David
The thing I remember the most about the room was the floor. It was worn smooth with age but still showed signs of paint. However, the most vivid memory was how clean it was! The room was full of people,...
- The Oldest House in America
After visiting San Miguel Church on Old Santa Fe Trail in the historic district of Santa Fe, New Mexico, I decided to follow the sign by the church and walk down the street to check out what the sign claimed...
- Old Fort Niagara A Historic Tourist Attraction
On the south shore of the Niagara River, right at the point where the river flows into Lake Ontario, sits Old Fort Niagara. Strategically placed to defend the entry into the interior of the North American...
- Saving a Lot of Bucks by Keeping My Mouth Shut
In the summer of 2002 I made a two week trip to Russia to visit my then fiance, Bella. Bella lived in Ryazan, an industrial city that is home to about a half a million people. Since it has little to...
- Ron Paul The Overlooked Republican Presidential Candidate
Among the numerous candidates currently running for president the most overlooked candidate is a Republican Congressman from Texas named Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a medical doctor by training and...
- The Social Security System's Achilles Heel
By now most everyone is aware that the Social Security program is not a sound program financially and that it is only a matter of time until it goes broke. Even its supporters admit that the only way to keep...
- Views of Ron Paul and Libertarians on Education and Other Issues
Peeling has provided an excellent answer to the request What is Ron Paul's view of funding education and how does he view other social programs domestically? But I will try to add some more as well. Ron...
- Jacques de Meulles and His Playing Card Money
Card games have been popular throughout history and, more often than not, money is frequently included when playing in order to make the games more exciting. Much of the attraction and popularity of Playing...
- How Tax Cuts Work
According to October 11, 2006 news reports, the Federal deficit (the amount by which government spending exceeds tax and other government revenues) has shrunk to its lowest amount in four years. In addition...
- Rolling Stones Prove Tax Cuts Work
In a previous hub entitled How Tax Cuts Work I attempted to explain how reducing high marginal tax rates encourages people to work and produce more. This leads to a larger income base on which to levy taxes...
- How to Become a History Teacher
So, you enjoy history and would like to teach that subject but don't know how to go about becoming a history teacher? The first thing to do is decide where you would like to teach history. High school?...
- Tax Protests and Tea Parties - An American Tradition
Tea and taxes became entwined in American culture as a part of our violent birth as a nation when the original thirteen colonies rose in armed rebellion against England's King George III and his tax policies....
More by this Author
Wine making is an easy and ancient art. Now days people desiring to try making wine at home don't have to purchase fresh grapes and expensive equipment. All that is needed to get started are some simple household...
A photo of a mountain taken by a soldier 50 years earlier leads family to solving mystery of his disappearance in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
With so many Americans traveling and working abroad to say nothing of meeting people via the Internet, it is not surprising that many are finding love and marrying someone from abroad. Here is how to legally bring your...