When did you make the biggest difference?
In my 30s, I was lucky enough to fall into a chance to start a business (within a larger organization) that let me provide good pay jobs for a staff made up completely people with handicaps. By the time I left, I had 60 people working under me, including supervisors (also handicapped), some working their first job ever and some the first person in their family to have a job. It was something I never dreamed or planned on doing but what a ride!
Who had the most influence on your life?
That’s hard, but among many, I’d have to say my father. The man was rock, and I absorbed from him a confidence about surviving all storms with my head up.
What was your greatest moment?
That’s another tough one, but I’d say it was a quiet moment by myself when I sat looking out at a field of wild grasses, one morning in Pennsylvania, nobody around at all, and I had my closest feel for the vibrant interconnectedness of everything. I felt I was in communion with whatever it is we call God.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Immature, if possible.
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
My parents were wildly different, with interests and personal qualities that weren’t at all alike. How they ever got married and had five of us I can’t guess. For my Dad, it was courage. He faced challenges that would crush other men, and for my Mom, just the opposite. Her free-spirited love of life was thrilling and magnetizing.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Go for what you want with all your heart.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
Learn to play fair and be flexible. You may meet the most and the least compatible people in your life. Difference is never worth starting a war over.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I don’t know. I know I’m the same age in my heart as I was at twenty. My mind and body seem to have moved on.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
The end of poverty and the hunger that results.