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I work for an Independent Living Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was diagnosed with MS in 2000.


This website reflects some of my interests. It is mostly links to web
discoveries. Having MS doesn't mean an inactive life and it doesn't have to mean
a reduction in the quality of life. I am interested in how others with MS
maintain an active life and their achievements and activities. I am interested
in technology, kids, birding, reindeer, genealogy and history. I use travel as therapy, so
you'll find travel stuff here.


“Diagnose and adios,” Labe Scheinberg's famously disparaging quote about the
options available to MS neurologists in the 1970s, no longer rings true. For me
the diagnosis, along with a concurrent divorce, forced me to re-examine my life.
Unknowingly dealing with an uncooperative body I had lost sight of many hopes
and dreams. One of those dreams was travel. Adios is a word I use more often
now.


"A lot of us first aspired to far-ranging travel and exotic adventure
early in our teens; these ambitions are, in fact, adolescent in nature, which I
find an inspiring idea. Adolescence is the time in our lives when we are the
most open to new ideas, the most idealistic. Thus, when we allow ourselves to
imagine as we once did, we are not at all in our right minds. We are somewhere
in a world of dream, and we know, with a sudden jarring clarity, that if we
don't go right now, we're never going to do it. And we'll be haunted by our
unrealized dreams and know that we have sinned against ourselves gravely."


Tim Cahill, "Exotic Places Made Me Do It", Outside, March '02


I call the picture on the left "The perfect gin and tonic". The person by my
side, in front of Dune 45 in Namibia, is my wife Jane.