About Me

About Me

I have been retired for several years now and enjoy the luxury of pursuing my hobbies and interests, this blog being one. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Corrections from Pepperdine University. My professional experiences include several years as a Marine officer with a military occupational specialty in Reconnaissance.

I joined the Marine Corps to specifically go to Vietnam. While others waited for the draft, I volunteered. In Vietnam I served as both a platoon leader and company commander. I was in Vietnam during the “Tet Offense” which resulted in thousands of deaths among North Vietnamese soldiers and the Vietcong and our military service men and women from all branches.

Upon my return to civilian life I worked as a probation officer and juvenile delinquency specialist for the counties of San Bernardino and Ventura in California. I later edited and published two bilingual (English/Spanish) community newspapers where I developed a love for writing and journalistic investigation.

My true love, however, is teaching. I have taught business and computer classes to senior citizens, learning disabled youth, Spanish-speaking students and individuals who were in need of training to successfully compete in the labor force. To be able to positively influence others less fortunate was extremely rewarding, particularly working with disadvantaged youth from poor neighborhoods.

I enjoy playing the guitar (classical and folk), playing the native American flute and listening to 60s music.

I enjoy meeting new people, especially those who seem shy or withdrawn. I am a good listener and friend.

I have two wonderful daughters, one son who is my hero, and five grandchildren. I am single having been divorced for some 12 years now. I enjoy my solitude for the most part but a street fair, Indian pow wow, or classical concert/opera/ballet will find an eager participant.

Oh yes, I love huevos rancheros, tacos, chile rellenos and menudo.

One thing I get asked alot is whether I would accept contributing writers for my blog. I have personally modified the WordPress theme I use over years and I do all the writing myself except for obvious excerpts where credit is given to sources. The blog is my mistress and I can not share her with others.

As my former mentor and Bolivian classical guitar teacher used to say, “Jorge, adelante, siempreadelante!” I will never forget his advise.

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