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Gender Male
Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Retired teacher
Location Spring Valley, MN, Minnesota , United States
Introduction I am a not so recently retired social studies teacher and basketball coach. Still hunting birds though now with a camera instead of a gun. Nature devotee, dog lover, birder, gardener and semi-retired all around outdoor adventure seeker. Troutbirder II is my alter ego. He loves books and history and is an opponent of unnecessary, unplanned and unending "preemptive wars". A former moderate Republican, he spent the Bush II years gradually converting to "yellow dog" Democrat. He is now somewhat unhappy with the Democrats abandonment of unions and cozying up to Wall Street. This is promoting a gradual drift towards Democratic Socialism though he remains "flexible...
Interests reading, History, flower gardening, German Shepherds, wilderness, biography, book reviews, nature photography, historical fiction, Minnesota Twins, dementia, Minnesota, Alzheimer's, Wildflowers, prairies
Favorite Movies Marley, Sparticus, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Dr Zhivago, Planet of the Apes, Band of Brothers
Favorite Music Country, Classical, Don McLean, John Denver
Favorite Books The Count of Monte Cristo, Killer Angels, Shogun, Pillars of the Earth, Marley, David McCullough, Shelby Foote, William Manchester, Steven Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Steven Pressfield, Rick Atkinson, Sharon Kay Penman, Last Child In The Woods, Coleen McCullough, Mark Twain, Hillary Mantel & to0 many others to enumerate

Your pajamas have duckies on them. Why did you switch from choo-choos?

I am a birder... what else?