is nothing better that life can offer than to allow a person to expend
himself fully with all the strength of his mind and soul and to devote
his entire being to creative activity." —Konrad
was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in December 1967 (do the math).
I was graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I've
lived in Green Bay, Madison, Manitowoc, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
Washington, D.C.; Indianapolis; Chicago; Ithaca, N.Y., Manhattan,
Mountain View, Calif., and San Francisco. Good
luck trying to categorize me politically; my views, like my reading
list, are rather broad and eclectic.
You can e-mail me here.
Now start reading
You can also find my work at the Marina Times, The Commonwealth Club, and elsewhere.
Zippererstrasse, January 2017
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News & Opinion
Week to Week
The current apple of my eye: Week to Week is a new program series I'm hosting at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. If you like news, current events, good discussion, and you have a sense of humor, listen to this or click on the image to the right:
political cartoons from my stepfather, the late veteran award-winning cartoonist Lyle
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We recently took a giant leap into the multimedia world
with the release of our first video programs. For videos of
sea lions, BMWs, presidential candidates, other famous people,
and my very unfamous cat, check
out my YouTube page.
zero on the delta
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