I earned my first Bachelor of Arts in history, at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington, in 1991. I didn’t declare my major until the end of my sophomore year because I was interested in Everything and I was having a hard time deciding. In choosing history as my major, my reasoning was: I didn’t know how the world got to be the way it is, and I wanted to find out. Humans started out living in tribes, in caves, how did we come to have nations and politicians and nuclear weapons? If people are so weak, how have we come to be so many?
The desire to understand my individual life (psychology), and the life I see around me (biology, geology, physics, political science) has always fascinated me. There were always people – parents, relatives, a community, society at large – who told me how to make sense of myself and Life in General. Everyone wanted to tell me what my worldview should be. After I graduated from Western, I devoted myself to investigating psychology, religion, and philosophy.
In 2004 I decided to return to the university so I could eventually have a career where I could devote myself to the professional study of psychology, religion, and philosophy – that’s what I conceive the general purpose of writing to be: an investigation of myself, other people, and life.
In 2006 I earned my second Bachelor of Arts - in English this time - at the University of Washington. When I finished at the UW, I packed up, sold my motorcycle, and moved to Corvalllis, Oregon, where I entered the graduate program at Oregon State University and earned my Master of Arts in English in 2008.
It took me about a year (while taking classes full-time and teaching freshman composition) to write my thesis on passages from three of Herman Melville’s works: Moby-Dick, Pierre; or, The Ambiguities, and his long poem Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land. March 8, 2008 I presented the first chapter of my thesis at a conference at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham.
I finished my Master's degree in June 2008 and moved back to Seattle!