Well, nowhere in my life story is the line, "Jed, move away from
there, Beverly Hills is the place you oughta be." Haha. But I think
I've had a pretty rich life anyway. (Just think how rich Jed would
be with gas where it is right now!) I am fortunate to have had a
rich childhood full of family and friends and for too brief of a
time the fortune to know my wonderful grandparents. I grew up in
Arkansas and still think of myself as an Arkansan, but I appreciate
Oklahoma's beauty and what it has to offer. Still, Go Hogs! I am
well educated (two graduate degrees) and contain an intellectual
curiosity and a love for learning. I've been around the world in
books and in physical reality, which I think gives me a broader
outlook on things than if I had just stayed in my little hometown.
I do still love things that I grew up loving. The outdoors, the
Ouachita river, fishing, gravel backroads, a catfish dinner with
all the trimmings, a walk in the woods with a dog, college football
in the fall, and some of those old gospel songs get to me still
even though I no longer consider myself religious. The jobs I've
had so far in life have pretty much been dedicated to education in
some form or another. I've done everything from handing out library
cards to teaching English composition on an aircraft carrier. Right
now I try to counsel students towards completing a four year
If you want to get alliterative about it, I am patient, punctual,
pondering, prudent, and progressive. Outside of that, I also have a
good sense of humor, a good depth of character, and a great sense
of loyalty to family and friends.
If this recently found quote (A.C. Grayling, British Philosopher)
hits a chord with you as an approach to the world, we should talk.
"Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for
yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your upmost, be
kind, be courageous: at least sincerely try." Beats the hell out of
the ten commandments, if you ask me.