My name is Frank, a uniquely burdened and blessed male primate who otherwise refuses to be labelled…
I jumped off the treadmill of “success” years ago. I belong to no clubs. I have no religious or political affiliations. I hold no positions of coercive authority.
And although I was born in the United States of America, I consider myself, first and foremost, to be a citizen of the world.
My status as a freelance human being was partly earned (a source of deep satisfaction and pride) but was enabled mostly by opportunity (a source of deep humility and gratitude). I do my best to honor this privileged existence by embracing life with compassion, courage, and generosity.
My offerings here are the earnest expressions of a serious student of life–someone who’s been brought to tears by Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Pol Pot’s killing fields–and whose first-hand experiences have earned him the right and demand of him the responsibility to speak.
I share them as a proclamation of gratitude, an aspiration to become a better person, a celebration of human dignity and potential, an embrace of the joys and perils of freedom and responsibility, an appeal for global solidarity and peace, and an invitation to live a deeply examined and meaningful life.
But before we begin, a confession is in order. Although I declare many things here with unapologetic enthusiasm and conviction, I am no saint. While I do my best to align my behavior with my core values and to transform my rants into meaningful action, I fail in many ways, big and small, almost every day. Please forgive my imperfections and walk with me for a while.
Note: I’m a rather famous cancer patient–three types of advanced cancer–and more. Just how “terminal” I am still to be determined. But please don’t feel sorry for me. I am doing remarkably well, considering. I have much to be grateful for and still have lots to live for. And my epic cancer journey has bestowed upon me some privileged perspectives on human nature and the meaning of life.
With the unknown endowment of time and energy I have left, I’m on an urgent mission to share what I know about life–in the hope of inspiring others to live with amplitude, compassion, generosity, creativity, and courage–and with the hope of tearing down every religious, political, social, and economic wall that divides us. This site and the companion sites below are just one man’s humble and imperfect contribution to those ends. Thanks for being here.