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A bit about me: I migrated with my family to Australia in 1973 where I have lived ever since. I lost my American accent but maintain to this day a mild addiction to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I recently finished a 5 month job as a contract geologist in Eritrea, Africa which was a great adventure.

It was my work for a harm prevention charity, The *Pathways Foundation, that inspired my first book: Leaving Neverland (Why Little Boys Shouldn’t Run Big Corporations). “An insightful depiction of the dangers we face in having the perpetual ‘boys’ of this world in positions of power – incomplete men with arrested development. The style, pace and delightful skewering are reminiscent of Hunter S Thomson!” Rex Finch.

I was a radio host for a comedy show for four years, a stand up comic, senior executive, business owner, inventor, geologist, father and husband and we all live together which is a bit nuclear at times. I have also worked on a turkey farm and picked Kiwi fruit in NZ, driven an overhead crane, laboured at the Port Kembla steelworks, been an office temp, swum with whales, cleaned pubs and washed dishes and been marooned on the Great Barrier Reef.

Publishing ‘Taking it With You’ has been a 13 year journey, a journey sustained by the inspiration I receive from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and from all the Tibetans and the Tibetan supporters I have met along the way.

Tibetans have been engaged in the longest non-violent campaign for self determination in this planet’s history and it is time that their peaceful approach was rewarded. Nelson Mandela, an incredible & totally inspiring man, was imprisoned for 27 years. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a man also revered throughout the world for his humility and compassion has been imprisoned out of his beloved country for 55 years.

It is my heart’s desire that this book plays a part in melting the chains of Chinese oppression that are strangling Tibet and the Tibetan people. For our children and for our future it is vital that peace is shown to be a viable option for change and China is in a position to send this global message as a sign of strength not weakness. Is China strong enough?

For their blessings for this project and for their teachings thank you to Karma Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the Gyuto Monks, Sogyal Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Websites: www.takingitwithyou.com www.leavingneverland.net and www.rewardpeace.com