Personally, I love so many things it’s hard to know where to begin! I love working with friendly folk to cocreate web sites in support of good and interesting work. I love life with my family, I love teaching, writing, and playing all kinds of music. Oh yeah, I also love volunteer work and community building, as well as the ocean, the redwoods, the mountains, the valleys, etc.!
I particularly enjoy helping people learn software. I find it exciting to work with people when they are in that state of inspiration that comes when rising to the challenge of learning new tricks. I’ve taught groups and coached individuals using many kinds of software including WordPress, Drupal, Director, ColdFusion, Microsoft Excel, MS Word, MS Access, FileMaker, and more.
Examples of Presentation/Writing
To Democratize Publishing! – An Introduction to WordPress, a slideshow to accompany my beginner-level presentation introducing WordPress.
Chicken out: Dispatching Daisy Mae, an example of my writing published on resilience.org.
Music is Love, a poem on how to fall in love by listening to something you do not know.
Examples of Volunteer Work
Working as a volunteer I created a site for our Wine Country Cajun Festival, a fun fundraiser that supports local Rotary Club service programs. I have volunteered to help maintain the Sonoma West Medical Foundation site in support of our newly-reopened hospital here in Sebastopol, and I built the Sonoma West Integrative Health site that features alternative healers working in our local hospital.
I’ve also been a lead developer for the past two years in the fun and satisfying WIMPgives charity hack-athon. In 2014 my team built a site for Wallace House and in 2015 we created Sonoma Valley Dog Owners & Guardians.
Examples of My Music
Music director for Hoes Down Nighttime Story Walk
I also love to teach and share about music, especially to explore world rhythms and musical modes.
While at Brown University I lived for three years in two very cool co-op houses run by our very own Brown Association for Cooperative Housing.
After college I moved to San Francisco and lived in a very cool cooperative performance and arts space called Studio Valencia where I helped host monthly Performance Salon events/parties.
Eventually my wife Jehanne and I moved to Oakland and helped start up a consensus-based intentional cohousing community called Mariposa Grove where we lived for eight years, helping to create the first limited-equity housing condominiums in the city of Oakland.