“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” — Daniel Burnham, architect
Rather than a typical résumé format, I am working on a different concept, what I am calling a narrative résumé.
Something I have learned over the years, despite protests from parents and others, is to do something you enjoy. Find a way to make money doing what you love.
“To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.” — Mary Lauretta, nun
Are you passionate about what you do?
“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” — George Burns, actor and comedian
I have a few books slated for development. Right now, I am working on book about local history, specifically relating to the Seattle area. I don’t want to give too many details until news of whether or not a grant is awarded to my project.
I have worked as a journalist for years. My latest stint was at Salem Monthly, an alternative tabloid in Salem, Oregon. It has since become Salem Weekly. The publisher and staff have a decidedly leftist worldview.
I enjoyed working there. I was challenged in many ways. My first assignment was to interview a man who has issues with Christian missionaries among the Akha people of Southeast Asia. He took on Salem Alliance Church, which I attended for many years, and Corban University.
When I was outed as having conservative sympathies, my former editor de-friended me on Facebook. Another fine example of the hypocrisy of many on the Left. The pay was lousy, so I ain’t broke up about not writing there anymore.
Conduct interviews. Compile information and quotes. Write and edit stories. Propose items for news coverage. Attend editorial meetings. Do photography and artwork as needed.
Prior to Salem Monthly, I submitted material to the Depoe Bay Beacon, including an expose on the community college and an immigrant rights rally on May Day.
I was assigned to cover the state legislature and government, focusing on issues related to the central Oregon coast communities. Attend press conferences. Conduct interviews of politicians, bureaucrats, and activists.
In 2005, I went with my best friend on a scouting trip to mainland China. It was my first overseas trip. We taught English for Big Stone Language Academy. He since has sold his house and moved to Henan Province with his wife and children. They live Zhengzhou.
My time at the Oregon Public Affairs Network (OPAN) was a terrific experience. I was responsible for implementing the web site and serving as a technical assistant to my superiors.
The offices were in the education building at Willamette University. I designed and implemented website, becoming webmaster of OPAN.org. Updated site content daily. Developed streaming online video of legislative and court proceedings. I served as technical advisor for computer software and hardware installations and upgrades.
Oregon State Grange
Served primarily as the editor of Oregon Grange Bulletin. Edited submissions and regular columns. Reported on local group activities, state officers, governor’s office and state agencies. Wrote press releases. Designed artwork for various publication. Maintained and updated website.
I developed and edited newsletter. Provided office and clerical support. Designed website.
Education: Associates in General Studies (AGS) Minor in Graphic Design
Chemeketa Community College; Salem, OR US; Aug 2009
Associates in Oregon Transfer (AAOT) Minor in History, Journalism
Chemeketa Community College; Aug 2009
Post Secondary Coursework in History Minor in German
Eastern Oregon University; La Grande, OR
Post Secondary Coursework in History Minor in Political Science
Portland State University; Portland, OR US