The Eclectic Cleric

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Gender MALE
Industry Religion
Occupation Gadfly and General Cheerleader for Change
Location Portland, Maine, United States
Introduction Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, sailing summers in the San Juan Islands and warding off the gloominess of the incessant winter rains by reading voraciously and drinking more than my fair share of Seattle's Best espresso. Five (count 'em) college degrees, making me an honest-to-God Crimson Dawg Duck Beaver Viking. Have served Unitarian Universalist congregations in both Midland Texas and on Nantucket Island (which made the 2004 election VERY interesting), as well as numerous other smaller UU fellowships along the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. More recently, I relocated from the affluent faux rural suburbs of "the Neighborhood of Boston" (just beyond the Old North Bridge and through the woods, about five miles from the site of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond), to the bustling shores of Casco Bay at the southern edge of "Down East." But my ministry at the First Parish in Portland ME was cut short by a diagnosis of Lung Cancer in February, 2008. I currently live outside of Sacramento CA, retired with a permanent and total medical disability, as I battle with my disease and continue to ponder what God has in store for me next.
Interests Books, Basketball, Sailing, History, Coffee, Microbrews, Travel, Religion, Politics, The Weather, Boston Terriers, The Science of Living and the Art of Loving.
Favorite Movies "Chinatown", "My Favorite Year", "Shakespeare in Love", "The Maltese Falcon", "My Cousin Vinny", "The Opposite of Sex", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "McCabe and Mrs Miller", "Shampoo", "Galaxy Quest", "Mystery Men", "Rushmore", "Lost in Translation", "The Man Who Knew Too Little", "So I Married An Axe Murderer", "The 13th Warrior", "I Kina Spiser de Hunde", "Fast Break", "Finding Forrester", "Hoosiers"
Favorite Music Pink Martini, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, Lisa Loeb, Jill Sobule, Alanis Morissette, Sherrie Austin, The Dixie Chicks, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Police, The Doors, The Beatles, Nirvana
Favorite Books oh god. Don't get me started.

Unlike a dog, how can a turtle ever be naked?

Aren't we all naked under our shells?