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I like to think that my life took a turn for the better when I went to the Sultanate of Oman in 1991 to work in the Reports Section of the Information Centre for the Ministry of Water Resources. As an art director, (I had been in graphic design for 15 years) I assembled scientific texts and graphics into publication form, working with a team of expatriate and Omani Graphic designers. During that time, I had an opportunity to explore the country, both through my job and through weekend wadi bashing. (For those of you not familiar with this common expatriate activity, the act of wadi bashing consists of finding a wadi--which is the Arabic term for river, or river bed, since many do not have continuous flowing water--where you can have a picnic or camp.)
After two years, having amassed a great deal of information about this little known Arabic country, I decided to publicize Oman through writing, photography and artwork. In 1995 I prepared an exhibition of photographs and illustrations which was shown throughout New England at schools, libraries and cultural fairs, and in 1998 at the National Council on US-Arab Relation’s presentation ceremony of the International Peace Award given to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman.
In 1996, I returned to Oman to write the first English language travel guide to be published in the United States, the Maverick Guide to Oman, published by Pelican Publishing of Gretna, LA. The book went through two editions.
From 1998, I lived in Oman working in inbound tourism. I managed a small company specializing in cultural/adventure tours. Here I designed itineraries, scheduled and conducted tours, organized fam-trips (promotional tours for industry professionals), created brochures, posters, banners and other marketing material and promoted same, and trained incoming staff as tour guides. I also gave public lectures and slide shows to various cultural and social groups on inbound tourism in Oman using my photographs and illustrations. I have also written magazine articles for travel publications and was a regular contributor to the Day Out column in Oman Today. After the 9/11 tragedy, I returned home to the US and for several years conducted tours to Oman for the National council on US Arabic Relations in Washington DC.
I am married and have children spread all over the map from the US to Singapore. My wife, Letchmi, and our kids love to travel together and will go wadi bashing at the slightest provocation.
I love to write and speak. I have written a couple of screenplays that I am trying to sell and am putting finishing touches on my first novel, an Indiana Jones-type of adventure set in Oman.
I have a solid knowledge of American History and I have put it to good use as a former tourguide in Washington DC. I understand the who's and why's and wherefore's from our early years up to the present. I am especially fond of the Civil War Period and reconstruction. I also rely on my knowledge of American History when I give tours in Yellowstone National Park during the summer.
I have a good working knowledge of the principles of Astronomy and a keen observer of the night sky. I have on occasion given night tours describing various night sky phenomena, describing constellations and delving into their history and lore. In 1986, I managed to photograph the appearance of Haley's Comet using a homemade star drive mechanism to obtain a time lapse picture.
I have worked in the field of graphic arts professionally for over 17 years. During that time, I served as an art director specializing in text book production.
In my own spare time I draw and paint, and I am an avid photographer.
I have complete command of the English language. I am a published author with one book and numerous magazine articles in the adventure travel industry, My book is the Maverick Guide to Oman and was published in 1998 and went through two editions.
I am an avid reader with a well stocked library of books that range from classics to contemporary novels. I am a big fan of Thoreau, Emerson and the American Transcendentalists, western Novelists like Jack London and Owen Wister, early science fiction such as Verne and Wells. I also read Poe, Melville, Twain and am a big fan of Kipling. I also enjoy Burton's Translation of 1001 Arabian Nights.
For contemporary writers I read Neal Stephenson, Iain Pears, Umberto Eco, Amy Tan and Stanislaw Lem. For contemporary writers I read Steohen Jay Gould, Carl Sagan, Douglas Hofsteder, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchins and Richard Dawkins.
I am an avid photographer and my work consists of thousands of images mostly from my experiences in Oman and Yellowstone National Park and my native new England.
As a book designer for many years I would frequently have to work with authors to "proof" text and coordinate it with illustrations diagrams and charts. I worked for a company in Boston that made textbooks for the petroleum industry in three main disciplines: petroleum geology, exploration geophysics and petroleum engineering.
As an NAI certified tour guide, public speaking is part of my job. I have conducted tours in Yellowstone National Park and in the Sultanate of Oman. I have also given lectures and slide show presentations on Oman.
I am fully fluent in English as I am a published writer with one book and numerous articles in the adventure travel industry. I also served as an art director specializing in book design for a publisher in Boston.
I am a published author with one book and numerous articles in the adventure travel industry. My book is the Maverick guide to Oman published by Pelican publishing in Gretna, LA, in 1998. I was also a frequent contributor to the Day Out column for Oman Today between 1998 and 2002.
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