I am a cancer survivor, husband, father, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, and devotee of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Native American Flute. For eight years I was a bedside hospice volunteer at Pathways, Hospice By The Bay, George Mark Children’s Hospice, and Zen Hospice Project. In 2009 I was named by the Hospice Volunteer Association “Volunteer of the Year.”
For more than 25 years I taught, provided therapy, researched, and published in the areas of learning, change, loss, and end of life issues.
I have published seven books, written numerous articles and delivered more than 100 lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Asia on topics including stuttering, change, learning differences, flyfishing, and end of life issues.
Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Courage at the End of Life, received six national and international awards and was translated into Chinese, Indonesian, and Portuguese.
Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers Leaning Into Sharp Points has been endorsed by the heads of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Livestrong (Lance Armstrong’s Foundation) and the Open to Hope Foundation. Booklist calls it “inspirational” “moving” and “eloquent.”
I am also working on a novel, To Each His Own, that traces a man’s life and the choices he made from the time he was 9 years old in Buchenwald through his last few hours in a San Francisco hospice.