Reposting my (long) since I’ve migrated to a new instance.

My career at BJC HealthCare / BJH included ; ; ; ; ; ; research; lots of administrative stuff.

Former editor BJH Tool Book on the platform.

Still doing human research review with the and studies review with the at .

In addition to science, I believe in democracy, the important role of journalism, and a round Earth.

My language learning journey started in jr. high school with , attempting to self-learn it from a public library book and short-wave radio. My and are passable. My and are fading. Still a beginner at . is a slow death for me, but / budo and culture keeps me engaged. Putin’s war crimes convinced me to start learning .

Russian sparked my interest in history and to volunteer for the St. Louis-Samara Committee, for which I’ve hosted Russian medical and cultural delegates in my home.

In 2010, my language and Cold War interests combined with my hospital’s changing ETO retention policy got me to travel more internationally. In 2015, I completed my original travel goal of going to the last 5 Communist countries. In order of visit: , , , , .

My country count so far is only 33. Hoping to grow that during retirement. My 3 most remote places: Pyongyang and the DMZ, ; the Eastern Highlands of ; and Bayan-Ulgii, . Still need to visit 2 more continents - Antarctica and Africa. I’ve been to 42 US states, including AK and HI.

I became a photographer early in my travels. My kit is a 5DM3, EF 16-35 mm; f2.8, and EF 70-200 mm f2.8 and 14 Pro Max.

Currently, drawn to international . I’ve hauled my heavy glass to photograph the Sing Sing (PNG); Kazakh golden eagle hunters (Mongolia), Aboriginal singers at the Festival (Alice Springs, ) and Yabusame / mounted archers (Nikko, ).

If you got this far, thanks for reading all of this. Here to learn, be social and feed my wide variety of interests.


This hunter surprised the hell out of me by standing next to me as I photographed the competitors at the 20th anniversary of the Golden Eagle Festival. Taken at the base of the Altai Mountains, just outside Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia, about 100 miles/160 km from the nearly intersecting borders of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and China. October 8, 2019

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