The Short Version
I’m Michael, a somewhat ancient fellow, 83 this year, but I’m told I’m more like someone in their sixties. I believe it is because on my 35th birthday, my father said. ‘Michael, from now on, it’s all downhill to the grave’. I guess I majorly rebelled and decided NO! I will stay youthful and young for as long as possible and so far it has worked.
I have spent my entire life trying to find meaning in life’s challenges via the teachings of Chinese Philosophy including the I-Ching. These challenges have ranged from major relationship break-ups, parenting, health-scares, homelessness, extreme poverty, being in the military, losing my business and becoming bankrupt, being ostracised by the village I lived in and also by my family, working at an all boys’ school as a teacher of physics and mathematics and being physically and psychologically abused by my parents and at school.
So you could say I have lived an eventful life. As someone who has worked in so many different professions from education to being an ice-cream man, to running a large factory and serving in the military, you could say I have an excellent eye for looking at life from a unique and fascinating perspective.
The Long Version
I’ve led a very eventful life. A bizarre childhood set the scene for me to become a ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, an outsider, an observer. After completing my education at a tenth-rate, boys-only private school, straight out of a Dickens novel, where only the maths and sciences were taught, no art, no sport, no physical education, nothing practical, and with almost daily canings for many of the unfortunate pupils, including me, I began my life journey in this alien land.
I’ve worked as a teacher, a soldier, a salesman, and have owned a small manufacturing business, to name just a few. I am now retired, and exploring world events and life changes through the I-Ching.
I share a home with my best friend and fellow writer and author Kelly Martin of Kelly Martin Speaks
I have written a number of guest posts on Kelly’s mental health blog HERE.
My interests include writing, blogging, reading, philosophy, psychology, spirituality, self-help, personal development, healing, eastern philosophies especially Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, and anything to do with understanding what makes people behave the way they do.
I have written a Beginner’s Guide to the ‘I Ching‘, available from Amazon in paperback and eBook, and from SmashWords as an eBook
I’m a lover of language, occasionally accused of being pedantic, which I don’t deny, and do admit to being somewhat of a ‘Grammar Nazi’.
As the site develops, the blog will be about many topics, including current affairs, why we do what we do, satire, even sarcasm, and some humour. And don’t forget to subscribe or follow my podcast here. I am told I have a sexy deep manly voice, but who am I to judge?
Be warned, my sense of humour can be a bit basic, but you don’t have to read it. So, join me on this somewhat strange journey. Comments are welcome, but no hate speech. You know the drill. It’s my site, so I reserve the right to edit or delete any dodgy stuff.