The overriding theme of my life is curiosity, and along the way I have explored numerous philosophies and even more numerous career and educational paths.
I've practised Western occultism, several varieties of Buddhism, Ásatrú (an attempt to reconstruct ancient Scandinavian belief and culture), and had a very short and thoroughly unfulfilling encounter with Sunday School in the United Church of Canada. My daily routine currently consists of 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation. I currently identify as a humanist Stoic, and observe Old Norse festivals such as Yule.
My education consists of a science-heavy curriculum in the Quebec English-language school system; an Arts degree, also from Quebec; a certificate in Business Administration; and several computer certifications. In addition to my high school French I've formally studied Mandarin, Irish Gaelic and Icelandic (and actually got to use the Icelandic on real people when I went to Iceland in 2019). Reading Thoreau's Walden recently inspired me to enroll in an online free Latin course.
On the career front I've had innumerable clerical positions, but also spent eight years as a certified network technician (MCSE, CNE and A+ plus a bit of Linux when no one was looking). I've helped manage a kung fu school, waited tables, painted walls, and printed vinyl decals with ominous warnings and a lot of exclamation marks.
For the last 15 years I've been a medical stenographer. I type examination reports from dictation, and have acquired a huge new vocabulary that includes such words as 'gastroesophageal,' 'atelectasis,' and the dreaded 'nasopharyngoscopy.'
I write novels (Genre: Urban SF/fantasy/humour mash-up with gods, nerds and a dragon who likes Casablanca).
Music is a huge part of my life. I started with piano in 1965, but since 2004 I've been studying clarinet and play it in several community concert bands. Currently I have two regular B♭ soprano clarinets plus an alto and a bass, and am planning to add an E♭ sopranino clarinet in 2021. I can also find my way around a flute, alto sax, guitar, bass, and violin.
Preferred fitness activities: Walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Hobbies: Astronomy, gardening, beginner-level stage magic, and a lot of reading.
And yes, I do sleep occasionally...