Meet John

1. How long have you been at United and what drew you to United?

I attended United in  the 90's for a couple years and then returned for good ten years ago.  I was drawn to the openness, sense of community and friendliness of everyone at United.

2. What other faith traditions have you encountered in your life?

I grew up in the Catholic tradition, going to parochial school through eighth grade, attending mass before school and I was also an altar boy. I am intrigued by Buddhism based on what I have read and my encounters with Buddhist speakers that have visited United.

3. What was your childhood dream job?

As a kid I wanted to be either a pro football player or a farmer.  Throwing rotten tomatoes in the garden is the closest I came to either of those professions.

4. What is the one thing about life that has surprised you the most?

The thing that surprises me most is the level of injustice that has been tolerated throughout our country's history.

5. Describe yourself in three words.

Husband, Dad, amaze-errific

6. Who is your hero and why?

I have two heroes: Leonardo da Vinci because he was accomplished in so many fields - anatomy, inventor, artist, sculptor.  The second is my Mom.  She raised 11 kids, was the hub of the family, and we still all get together for holidays three times a year.   Those gatherings generally have more than 50 in attendance and if all of the children, grandchildren, spouses  and great-grand children attend there would be more than 100.   She used to tell us as kids to 'count your blessings' which I never understood until I was an adult, which I interpret to mean ' be happy with what you have. Good advice to live by.