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I'm a writer (author of two books, one an historical novel about Vikings in 11th century North America and the other a novelized memoir based on the true story of a young girl who escaped the Nazis during World War II). I'm also a martial arts aficionado though I'm now over the hill, I suppose, so I don't do it like I used to.

My area of study in college was philosophy and I'm still enamored of it (and currently preparing a book in that vein, having been urged to it by my son who thought it a shame if I were to leave this world without having added my two cents to the philosophical discussion -- or at least that's what he told me). I spent the better part of my working years in municipal government, however, starting at the lowest level and gradually working my way up the ladder until retiring from my last position as Assistant Commissioner for Operations in one of our city agencies during which time, toward the end of my stint, I was very much involved in the response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. My interests remain history, philosophy, fiction and martial arts -- though not necessarily in that order. The order changes, I guess, with the times.

As someone involved in the martial arts, I have some background in judo as well as in Shotokan karate and Moo Duk Kwan taekwondo, before having finally settled on Yun Mu Kwan karate as my style of choice.