About Me | My eBook



Short Version

I moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1988. As soon as possible in early 1989, I began my volunteering journey. To support myself, I also worked as: 
  • Data processor (Boring, left ASAP)
  • Professional private caregiver (Second best job ever)
  • Ordained minister (Seminary, not internet)
  • Certified pastoral counselor (Through Practicum)
  • Wedding officiant (Non denominational)
  • Singer (Yes, I actually got paid to sing!)
  • Professional writer (Freelance, business)
  • And eBook author, career coach, professional speaker, blogger

History Before Portland in a Very Brief Nutshell

Denver, 10 years
San Francisco, 2 years
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3 years
Los Angeles, 7 years
Careers: Hair stylist and barber, data processing for steamship companies, banks, oil companies, and nonprofits, ordained minister(1993), certified pastoral counselor (1995), wedding officiant, public speaker, singer, professional writer, career coach, volunteer. 

Personal and Professional Mission:

To help you become your best so you can SELL your best to the world!   

Full Version

"Become your best. Share your best with the world. Miracles follow!"

"I believe in miracles. Not the supernatural kind. The everyday kind, the kind we often miss. It's one thing to walk on water. It's another to walk on the earth in peace and compassion. (I borrowed that phrase from spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.)"

After a lifetime of achievement, joy, relationship, and adventure, Richard has relaxed into a new direction: Writing ebooks and blogging. "It's my way of reaching out to the world with an open heart."

Originally from Southern California, Richard has lived in Los Angeles, Vancouver BC, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and currently, Portland, Oregon for nearly 30 years.

He spent some time in the US Army, stationed near Stuttgart, Germany after Basic Training in Louisiana. (During the Viet Nam era.)

Richard also has a list of volunteer projects including church, food banks, art museums, kids' programs, career classes for Easter Seals, and Alzheimer's Association speaker's bureau. Currently, he volunteers with Portland's Ride Connection, a public transportation advocacy organization  for seniors and people with disabilities (13 years).

Richard loves Powell's Books in Portland where he does coffee and writing almost every morning. (Richard has written nearly 600 articles for blogs and online sites since 2002. If you Google his name, he has more than three pages of listings!)

His brother, sister in law, and niece moved to Portland recently. After all that heat, Oregon is proving to be a bit unnerving, they say. ("They'll get used to it.")

Richard is also a semi retired progressive minister, Certified Pastoral Counselor, and wedding officiant. ("In reality, no one ever truly retires from ministry. It's a lifelong calling.")

"It's been a wonderful journey, and it's not over yet, by a long shot!"

Personal and Professional Mission:

To help you become your best so you can SELL your best to the world!   

Me, middle, escorting a group of seniors getting ready to cross the new Tilicum Crossing Bridge, downtown Portland, 2015. A Ride Connection outing from one of the senior centers.


 



 

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