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I’m a storyteller, through words, music, and video – mediums we all have more immediate and portable access to now than ever before. Within our smartphones alone, we  hold media creation and broadcast power that equals and even exceeds what used to be locked up in radio and television stations. That just blows my mind, daily.

My interest in writing can be traced to an inspiring English Composition teacher in high school, and of course, reading good books and enjoying the beauty of well-formed ideas. I dabbled in script-writing while a Radio-TV-Film student at the University of Texas and had a brief conversation with William Wittliff, screenwriter for the Lonesome Dove mini-series (1989), The Perfect Storm (2000), and others. William told me that to become a good writer I must simply write every day; to not concern myself so much with what I’m writing, but just to write, hone the craft, and the ideas will come. It’s like I’m a scribe and the universe will reveal to me what it needs me to write. I love that idea, and even though I’m an imperfect representative of it, it speaks to me every day.

After college, I worked as a reporter for Monitoradio, a now-retired daily news program that was syndicated for a number of years on Public Radio International. Later, I worked as a freelance writer/producer for The Osgood Files on CBS Radio. Through all these experiences I wrote on subjects running the gamut from the environment to politics to human interest, arts & entertainment, and community. So with all of that, it’s natural that I cover a variety of areas in this blog.

IBM & Tech looks at trends in technology and is centered around my day job at IBM as a content creator. (But to be perfectly clear, I do not speak here on behalf of IBM. These are my thoughts on my personal site.)  A Beautiful World is where I write about the world as I see it, with an emphasis on encouraging a better one. Music is where I share stories and thoughts as they relate to my 35+ years as a working musician. Humor is self-explanatory, and necessary, since a part of me is laughing every day. You’ll also find information about my musical background, some photos, and some favorite quotes.

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Favorite quotes

Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.  Plato