I was born in Manhattan and spent my early years there, but my heart has always been in the country and a rural cohousing home is a perfect fit for me. Although I have many outdoor interests (cross-country skiing; kayaking; hiking; bicycling; gardening) music is probably my prime passion. I’m a fiddler and play with a group at least monthly, mostly Irish and Scottish folk music.
The building of this cohousing project is happening in parallel with the building of new chapters in our family’s history. Molly has just begun her first year at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi combining interests in Biological Sciences and Journalism with thoughts of eventually practicing medicine in Africa and Adam is taking a gap year off before he begins at the University of San Diego in the Fall of 2009; he, too, is planning to be a doctor. As both their mother and I are physicians, they have a good idea of the rewards and challenges ahead. With mutual caring and support, my wife and I have chosen to separate and my journey is taking me to Belfast Cohousing.
After high school, I went to Amherst College before attending medical school at the University of Washington. Earlier in my career I worked for the Indian Health Service on a reservation with Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiutes Indians where I gained a respect for their tribal religion and spirituality. We eventually moved to Washington State for 10 years and then Cooperstown in upstate New York for a year before the move to Maine 11 years ago. We were drawn to the beauty and outdoor life of Maine as well as the existence of several good Waldorf schools for the kids. I now work as an Emergency Room physician in Bangor.
Another strong interest of mine is public radio. I’m a monthly DJ on the Saturday Morning Coffee House at WERU-FM (89.9 Blue Hill or 102.9 Bangor) and I take call-in music requests. I’m pleased to be joining a community with so many people who like to play music or listen to it.