Born and raised on the lush green farmlands of New Zealand, I was fond of taking things apart. Sometimes, I would even put everything back together again with hardly any “spare parts” left over! At 8 years old, I built my first transistor radio (inside my lunchbox) using components I ordered from America. No other kids my age had a transistor radio!
In 1969 I moved to the United States. After graduating from high school, I continued my education and worked my way up through the ranks in various electronics companies. My childhood hobby became the foundation of my budding engineering career.
With the advent of commercially available microprocessors, I designed the first digitally controlled electronics A.C. power supply used by NASA and the military. In 1985, I moved to Oregon, where I worked as Chief Engineer for Sunn Musical Equipment Company, designing analog and digital audio electronics. A few years later, I was hired by Epson Corp. as one of their first computer engineers in the U.S.
I have extensive experience in computer programming, project management, software development, manufacturing, and Quality Assurance; working with small and large sized technology companies. I am an accomplished and published graphic artist, experienced in image, audio, video and 3D model creation and production.
As an avid bicyclist, I have been seen commuting 30 miles to work every day, year round – through rain, hail, sleet, snow and the infamous Troutdale winds.
As a practitioner of an ancient meditation technique called Vipassana, I maintain a contemplative lifestyle which enables me to focus my attention on inner exploration and personal growth.
Some of my art products: Urban Monk
About this site
The purpose of this site is to explore the means and benefits that can be experienced by learning how to quiet the “inner turmoil” of the mind, and to find ways to promote research into how the mind works in relationship to addiction.
A quiet mind is one that is free from the constant agitation resulting from reactionary thoughts and behavior. The development of a quiet mind automatically leads to an increased ability to enjoy a healthy, balanced and happy life.
Read more in my Mindfulness in Recovery article.
Please contact me if you have any questions.