I recently retired, after 18 years with the state of Missouri energy office. Like to hike, dance, read (fiction and non-fiction). I'm a bit of a computer geek (worked for Unoin P:acific as a programmer/analyst) and a video buff (widely ranging taste including classics, art and "foreign" films). Favorite music is jazz/classical/world/folk. I'm a long-time meditator (Buddhist/Sufi practitioner) and long-time (decades) vegetarian. I've lived in Indiana, Californi, Pennsylvania and Missouri. I don't smoke. I tend to travel singly amd light.. I used to backpack a lot but vision loss (glaucoma) has forced me to stop driving and and to confine my rambling to more secure terrain. I still bicycle, with cuation. .University studies included history/philosophy/economics/religouis studies and journalism. When I was younger I earned couiple of advanced degrees and was in a couple of doctoral programs.