I started out life as a small child in East Tennessee. Like most everyone else, the DNA roulette wheel stopped at my conception and I am of mixed ethnicity. When egg and sperm had their rendezvous in early 1949, my genes landed on 45% English, 45% German, and 10% Mediterranean. And, we all know about the unpredictability of that Mediterranean influence. Additionally, I am 18 % Neanderthal which helps to both explain and defend some of my inherent behavioral complexities.
In those early months of my existence my mother briefly kept a baby book before being overwhelmed by the responsibility of another pregnancy. Before that distraction, she managed to pen the words “Likes to be outside” under the heading “Baby’s Favorite Thing”. And that, my friends, pretty well describes me and my interests. At our cabin on the Nantahala River in North Carolina, I feel safest, and closer to God (wherever She is) than in any church. My beliefs are rooted in animism, sensing that everything has a soul.
Although I have resided in the State of Georgia for five decades now, the Tennessee soil yet surges through my veins and the breezes of the Appalachians whisper through my heart. It is where I am from and it is who I am.
Additionally, as I grew up on those hills, that terrain explains why one of my legs is shorter than the other.