My name is Frank Peter, a uniquely burdened and blessed male hominid 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.
I am a retired mechanical engineer, an honest writer, a world-wide adventure traveler, a sensitive photo essayist, a decent piano player, an excellent piano teacher, and cancer survivor.
I was born, and still live mostly, in the United States of America… a pretty good place to live… but 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), but was enabled mostly by opportunity (a source of deep humility and gratitude). I do my best to honor this privilege by embracing life with curiosity, honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, and gusto.
I have more questions than answers. And I struggle daily to align my behavior with my core values and to transform my rants into meaningful action.
I relish this fleeting opportunity called life… in a way that transcends my age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and species. I do my level best to extend this same respect to others.
This website and companion sites are a sharing of life lessons learned, an expression of gratitude, an aspiration to become a better person, a commitment to honesty and integrity, a rebellion against ignorance, obedience, and conformity, a celebration of human dignity and potential, an embrace of the joys and perils of freedom and responsibility, and an appeal for mutual understanding and global solidarity.
I want this to be more than a self-indulgent monologue. Like a message in a bottle, I cast it into the ocean with the sincere hope of connecting with, and collaborating with, others of like heart and mind.
Thanks and Peace.