0 - 13 EMERGENCE
I was born in Fayetteville, Tennessee and spent the first three months of my life living in a trailer dodging tornadoes near the Alabama border. At three years old, we moved to Florida where I had a very typical middle class life in a nice little neighborhood, playing in the streets and basically running wild as kids back then tended to do. I was glorious. I didn’t care what anyone thought. I made art, wrote lyrics, sang in the shower, meditated and journaled about life and being human. I conducted chemistry experiments in my closet, much to the worry of my parents but they liked encouraging my scientific side. I was a pretty good student, although not the straight A variety. I was constantly in trouble for questioning my parents, and mostly for breaking any rule they put in front of me. I guess I am a natural troublemaker.
What I’m Proud Of: Tons of time outside running, playing and adventuring, dozens of songs, poems, essays, time spent meditating and creating art, and a county science fair win for Chemistry at the stoke of my 13th birthday (to the minute).
14 - 35 LOST PERIOD
High School was a time of self consciousness (like it is for all of us). My love of music, art and creativity was systematically and intentionally pushed aside by negative comments, limiting opportunities and outright discouragement in favor of a more technical path in life. My parents meant well as all parents fear that their kids will not grow up and move out with a decent career. They had a powerful ally in my significant other who controlled every aspect of my thought and action towards his own end. It was an unhealthy relationship spanning these 20 years that led me to throw myself into academics and subsequently career. I don’t regret my technical path – I was able to help a lot of people – but I do regret that I did not stand up for what my soul itself compelled by pursuing my creative work at the same time.
What I’m Proud Of: Plant Space Biology Research at NASA (16 years old), PhD in Mathematics (24 years old), Professorship followed by a career in the Defense Industry, Over 20 different projects managed and participated in ranging from AI for spacecraft behavior, to the first Tip and Cue Sensor System, the first see through eyeglass display and countless exciting movie-worthy tales to never tell; Two beautiful souls brought onto this earth; Program Manager at DARPA, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute with a focus on STEM Education, an online TV show, article site and podcast reaching 1.3 million in audience, 7 published books, hundreds of articles and dozens of technical papers.
35 - 37 METAMORPHOSIS
37 - 41 REAWAKENING
What I’m Proud Of: Three albums, several art pieces, tons of essays and the list keeps growing; Established a network of the top 5% of tutors in our local area and helped lots of students love or at least tolerate Math, Science and other subjects; several tattoos and piercings – the wild child is BACK.