At the demand of social pressure and traditional online expectations, I suppose I should mention that I’m happily married, I have a boatload of children, and that I’m currently writing full time when I’m not appearing on a reality tv show … After graduating from BYU (Phi Kappa Phi) with degrees in history, music, and logic, I entered BYU’s law school on scholarship and began teaching philosophy at UVU. Forsaking exotic and life-changing trips around the world with jazz bands (Europe) and symphonies (China and the Philippines) and recording on CDs (only two), I began my new journey of helping people beat each other up with reams of paperwork that cost ungodly amounts of money and that are only read by a very small group of people … litigating as an attorney. I suppose I’ve drafted millions of words in that vein – including a number of thousand that made their way to the United States Supreme Court (we won). None of that persistent fighting saturated my appetite for violence so I fought my way (nearly) to a black belt in karate until I broke my back and had to take a sabbatical – don’t worry, I didn’t do karate alone – four of my kids got their black belt alongside me! It’s illegal to beat them at home but at the dojo, we just call it sparring so it’s okay!
Oh – I almost forgot something important: while in law school, I thrust my obsessive compulsive personality disorder into a good cause: I returned to my childhood juggling addiction. I was awarded Utah’s Best Professional Juggler award in 2001 and have retained that title ever since (mostly because they quit having the competition but I like to brag about it anyway – did I mention I can juggle 8 balls?). I juggled as a performer at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. I competed at the 2006 International Juggler’s Association in Portland, Oregon and handily lost because I dropped too much – but at least I saved one drop with an epic sidekick that really wowed the judges! I have also been a staple performer at the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival for more than a dozen years because I’m the only juggler in the world that tells stories while juggling. Really – it’s true: I bill myself as the Story Juggler for that very reason. You can hire me to juggle for insane amounts of money (please…) or you can just watch me on YouTube for free – your call.
So, off I go to write something more exciting than a mini-biography about boring ol’ me!