In the interest of full disclosure, the picture here is me at the beginning of a long-ago journey.  I have made many fresh starts in my life and learned much from every one of my experiences. My choices -- some wise and some that fall in the category of questionable -- always led me to new forks in the road of life and thus new choices. My first job was as a legislative assistant and speechwriter for a Congressman in Washington, D.C. As the Vietnam War raged on and the Nixon administration made some very bad choices, I chose to leave that behind to embark on a hitchhiking adventure on the backroads of Europe, from Scandinavia to the Balkan countries. After seven months of riding in trucks and sleeping in youth hostels, I settled down in Munich, Germany, eventually marrying and starting a family. I became a journalist, reporting on politics, the arts and lifestyle in Germany for U.S. publications. In 1995, I returned to the U.S., working first as a reporter in the Adirondacks of NY State and later in Corporate Communications in private industry in Boston and New York City. In 2010, I moved full-time to the Adirondacks, where I grew up. There, I established a freelance business as a corporate consultant and writer, author, journalist, editor and translator. In my free time, I delved into politics, serving on our Town Board as well as volunteering on other local and regional boards. I've written one book (Downtown) and co-authored another (Lake George Reflections). These days, I spend half my time on northern Lake George in the Adirondacks and half in a small town in southwest Florida. Both places are slightly hard to get to and even harder to leave.  I guess you could call both of them the Utopian State. But in fact, the Utopian State is more a state of mind than an actual place.