If I were to use only one sentence to describe/ explain myself: mostly, I am a believer in and liver of Life.
Like everyone else, I have many aspects, am made of many parts. Here are some.
I stand six feet tall (1.8m) (when standing straight and wearing thick-soled shoes) and weigh 170 pounds (77 kg) (more or less). I am male, white, and gay. Single. My hair is brown and gray. I have completed more than fifty years on this spinning globe and plan on about fifty more.
I am a believer in science, history, self, others, causality, relationality, oneness, quantum physics (as far as I understand it), and the Bible. Also, that there are many creeds, and that not one has, or could have, the whole picture of All That Is.
Philosophically, Psychologically, and Motivationally:
I am a Jesian, spiritual, and pragmatic. Extremely pragmatic, at times. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has me as an E/INFP; by my reckoning, that is pretty much spot on. I know I am complete and can become complete-er; imperfect and perfect, both. History, both personal and cultural; the sweep of events, finding and creating meaning; the relationship of thought, action, and things: these and other topics capture my interest and help keep me alive.
My formal studies have included:
8.5 formative years in the Montessori method;
6 at prep schools, the first co-ed and the second all-boys, both experiences also formative;
and at the University of Virginia, formative indeed.
I find myself in continual formation.
At UVa, that school in Charlottesville, I received a B.S. in Commerce and a minor in Religious Studies; almost, but not quite, got into a graduate level creative writing course but did get an A in an intermediate undergraduate one; was honored to be Chairperson of the Guide Service and live on the Lawn. A lot lot has happened since those early days, most of it obviously good. Suffice it to say that I have not changed so much as I have become more me.
I am a big fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Babylon 5, Dune.
The places I have lived and called home (and received mail):
San Francisco, CA (18 years)
Bowie, MD (14)
Baltimore, MD (4)
Charlottesville, VA (3)
New York, NY (3)
Worthington Valley, MD (3)
Palm Springs, CA (2)
Newbury Park, CA (2)
West Tisbury, MA (1)
Myrtle Beach, SC (.67)
Los Angeles, CA (.5)
My current home is good old Rocklin, CA (2.5)
Numbers are cumulative and approximate.
LyU and me
LukeyoutheU reflects some of my deepest and most personal desires. I want to not only exist, but to also live; to be a part of Life, to experience and live it today; to be a benefit to myself and others, others and myself; to do what I can, my parts, to prepare a better future for those who succeed us; and to know, live, find, create, enjoy my roles in life.
In short: to know what the heck I can do to improve Life and do it; and to have faith in the working out of others and the rest.
From my beginning, because of the parents to whom I was born, the times, those around me, the culture from which I have come, and the conscious and unconscious choices I made, certain belief structures have become embedded in me. Part of me. You, dear reader, have your own story and background. You have, already, your own belief systems. The trick is to make them work for you and for others.
I was fortunate, and have the responsibility, of having been born with a bronze spoon in my mouth. I have not been able to do everything I ever wanted, certainly not at the moment I always wanted. But I have had tremendous opportunities. These include: seeing the goodness of work and productivity in my parents; the Montessori method; a Christian-culture orientation; the knowing and experiencing that there are things to be learned from other cultures and beliefs, that they also deserve to be, and be respected; science; education; the belief that life can get better for most, maybe all; the knowing that physical life is not an illusion but is transitory; that there is far more, far more, to life than only what meets the eye (and what meets the eye is too numerous to being to count).
This is a smorgasbord of beliefs. I have many more besides. Sometimes they seem to, sometimes they do, contradict. But all exist within me and somehow work together. I know this because my head, my life, does not explode. I would hazard a guess the same with you. You are a collection of beliefs, some seemingly incompatible, too. Yet they compatible in you.
That is some about me. My hope and intention is that my story will help you to better know/ see/ look at your own. And see the Life and meaning in it, and you.
To our better,
books, movies, television, videos, and podcasts that have influenced me
this I know
a philosophy of life
I took this photo one winter's day in Rocklin, CA outside the big box retailer where I worked. It was during one of those days (there have been more than a few) that I wondered about who I am and what I am about.
The vibrancy of the oranges, flares of yellow (most visible on a desktop computer), the power of the gray (made evident on mobile) astound me still.