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About me

Gender Male
Industry Arts
Occupation Singer, daylily hybridizer
Location St. Peters, Midwest/Missouri, United States
Introduction I am a retired director of a statewide cultural foundation. For several decades, my professional focus was on improving the level of interest in small museums and in community programming in libraries. During that time, my private passion was gardening. I was drawn to hybridizing daylilies in 1992. That, and classical choral singing, and playing my guitars are my passions in retirement. In 2010, Kathy Bouman and I left our cozy city neighborhood to live on an acre and a half "estate" at Hidden Lake (Lago Segretto) in St. Peters, MO. Kathy passed away in 2014. I married Karen Berry in June of 2015. She is a passionate gardener and has brought birds and butterflies to our deck and our gardens. We are a good match. In late September of 2015 we added a standard poodle puppy, Lucy, to our family. A year later we added another standard poodle, Max. My daylily garden is named Daylily Lay with a smile in the direction of the Nashville skyline and a song by Bob Dylan. You can see all about that part of my life at
Interests Music (all kinds), Classical singing, writing, reading, photography, horticulture (daylily hybridizing)
Favorite Movies Babette's Feast, Julie and Julia, and a constantly-evolving list of things discovered on Netflix.
Favorite Music Orchestral interludes from Rameau's operas, all of Handel's operas, The Met Opera "Live-HD" broadcasts, Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", Verdi's Requiem, Verdi's "La Traviata", Puccini's "La Boheme", Schubert's Lieder, recent Bob Dylan recordings except "Christmas From the Heart", Ry Cooder, Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Mark Knopfler
Favorite Books Battle Cry of Freedom, Peace Like a River, Gilead, The God of Small Things, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and other Mary Russell mysteries, Three Gospels by Reynolds Price, Selected Topics in Calamity Physics by Maria Pesl