I had a traditional growing up, but my values were molded in the late '60s-early '70s; I have mostly tried to live out of those values during a career coming together in anthropology. Proud father of a 31-year-old director of a child welfare organization, newly elected to county board (city council for the county with twice the budget).
BA, English, minor in psych, '77. Counseling of ex-offenders, then behavior disordered. MA in theological-adult ed, '81; Politically, ministry was not going to work. And, as with literature, there wre no jobs for Ph.D.'s.
So, got a second bachelor's in journalism from Univ. of Nebr in '83 and worked in environmental journalism for 23 years. A job cut led to MAs in journalism (2010)and anthropology (2014). Basically, age and over-qualification kept me from getting back into my profession. Wrote 4 books, 3 scholarly, 1 journalistic. Finished a novel. Then took early retirement/Soc. Sec. 2015-2016.
Did some mentoring in the schools half-time. Dropped it to shape up books and retool in mediation. Realized I was making it financially and therefore, was retired! Quite a concept. Still may need the income from mediation but need to finish work on an old house and get it sold, get the books shopped around. See if there's enough of a cushion to write some more.
My son's well-being is most important to me. I seek financial security, not dominance.