Hello there. This is me.
My name is Neil Hawkesford (you’ve probably picked up on that already)
I’m a practicing Stoic with a bit of Pantheist, Humanist and Bhuddist mixed in. Alan Watts is my guru.
I lived on a boat for years. I didn’t sleep on land often.
That’s my boat over there on the right, I built her myself, in a barn far from the sea.
Let’s just call it productive insanity eh?
Now I live in a home on wheels, I’m back ashore for a while.
I’M A JACK OF ALL TRADES – a Renaissance Man, Polymath, Multipotentialite,
I’m proud of that. Jacks (and Jills) of all trades get bad press. Folks forget the full rhyme goes like this:
A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one
I believe that being multi-skilled, innovative, knowledge-seeking, exploratory and multi-purposeful is a good thing. I’m too complex to categorise.
The ”Dean of science fiction writers” Robert A.Heinlein once said –
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.”
WHAT I’M PROUD OF (More to follow)
I was taught English by Craig Thomas, at King Edward VI Grammar School, Lichfield. He was the only one there worthy of the title ‘teacher’.
He later wrote 18 books including the novel ‘Firefox‘, which was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood.
He passed away in 2011, but I shall always be grateful to him for sparking my passion for reading and writing.
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