Considering I'm a terrible procrastinator, it still amazes me the number of things I've done, or with which I've been involved over the past sixty-odd years.

Of course, more than any of my other talents and abilities has been my love of writing and composing.

On these pages, you'll experience not only my literary and musical accomplishments, but also many of the other areas in which I've dabbled, mostly creative.

My only wish is that I had saved more 'memorabilia' from my earlier years. Nevertheless, there's still a lot of material here for you to see, and read, and hear.

As to why I am doing this...

For one thing, it gives me a chance to actually organize all my material in a way that couldn't be done years ago. Hypertext markup language (HTML) makes everything much more accessible, especially with the ability to link from one word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, picture or page to another.

A second reason is that some people might be interested to know how various experiences and personal encounters in childhood and teen years can affect future decisions and abilities. In my case, I think this is particularly so.

A 'Jack-of-all-arts-and-master-of-none' might be one way to describe me, I suppose. Other than a few classes here and there, I'm basically self-taught. I certainly don't excel at any one thing, but that doesn't bother me. Whatever I've done, I've done it for my own enjoyment; and, as Frank Schaeffer wrote in Addicted to Mediocrity--" a creative person, the important thing is to create. Who sees what you make, where it goes and what it does is a secondary consideration; the first is to exercise the talent God has given you".

But, why so many different areas? For me, that's a harder question to answer. One reason I've found, I suppose, is that focusing on one thing for any length of time becomes somewhat boring after awhile. Or I become frustrated with it because I'm not experienced enough, or don't have more schooling in it. This is the case with my art and photographic abilities.

Another reason seems to be that I am something of a perfectionist. That is to say, for me, it's never 'good enough'. And perhaps that's why I get frustrated, too.

A third reason might be that, while growing up, I never received any sort of encouragement. In fact, I found that most people just didn't 'understand' me. I was a dreamer, someone who always seemed to have his head in the clouds. Some thought me to be an egotist. But it wasn't really because I enjoyed talking about myself; rather, I had confidence in my abilities and wanted to share them with others. Unfortunately, it didn't come across that way.

However, now that it's all said and done, if you enjoy looking at my work and reading my personal narrative, so much the better.

Thanks, and enjoy your visit.

- Michael