I am wearing a backpack in the photo because that is often how anyone would see me at this point in my life. I am on a journey of soul, a journey in search of meaning and in search of self. I am a retired school teacher and school administrator having taught in various schools in Saskatchewan, Canada. I was a principal for a number of years as well. Intermingled with my career in education was a second career as a psychotherapist. Needing to take care of students with issues and later, teachers with issues, I took a number of university and certificate courses to allow me to work more effectively and safely with those whose care I was entrusted. My counselling focus eventually shifted to include others and to include some “depth” work. The depth work had a foundation in Jungian psychology.
Now that I am retired, I am currently in Calgary, Canada working on my writing, my journey through a personal “Dark Night of the Soul” with my wife of forty-one years sharing most of my days and dreams. Our children and grandchildren have their own homes in both Canada and the U.S.A. For those interested in these things, I have three children and six grandchildren.
Since retirement, we have travelled to a number of countries with some becoming places of part-time residence over the past five years. We lived in Changzhou, China for the better parts of four years. Three months in Costa Rica during one winter, and three months in the Yucatan, Mexico during another winter were other longer stays during this time. Added to this was a month in Rajasthan, India, a month in Thailand, and a month in IndoChina with most of that time spent in Vietnam. This past winter break, I spent a a break of ten days in the Philippines. Of course, if you are a reader here, you are already aware of these things as the selection of photos talk about my response to being in all of these places. In travelling with a camera, I discover myself through images of both the known and the unknown.
Someone asked about my ability to communicate in other languages. I am fluent in both English and French and have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and a rudimentary ability in communicating in oral Mandarin and pinyin – Chinese characters present more of a challenge that I am willing to meet so that I have learned only about fifty characters. I wish I wasn’t so lazy in learning other languages as language breaks down so many barriers when travelling. I do intend to become fluent in Spanish as there is an intention of spending a good amount of time in Central America and South America in the years to come. There is too much to learn and see, too many people from whom I can gain a better understanding of the human race, and importantly, myself.
I look forward to hearing from you, my readers.