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For more information about Editing Service and professional background, please click here. This is a short, more informal introduction to Scott.
I tell people I grew up on Sanibel Island, Florida. That’s not true. But there is a truth in that statement that I want to share.
Literally, I was born in the Washington, D.C. area, and then, as a youth, I lived in Maryland, Hawaii, and Taiwan. After high school in Maryland, I fled the D.C. area for California to fulfill my passion for the “west” of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. After two years of surfing and skiing, and way too much merriment—let’s not define that, please use your imagination—I fled Southern California for truly “wild” Oregon.
I finally took school seriously and graduated with a B.A. English. Yes, that meant being unemployable. Finally, I found work with a photography company, then later served with the U.S. Forest Service, working in fire management for two years and spending a summer living on a fire lookout tower. I was still travelling in mind and spirit.
A desire to change the world—as a journalist
My mind told me to travel back to grad school and get a credible degree. I choose journalism during those wild days of what was then the new, literary journalism of Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and so many others. Watergate had been only a few years prior. Ethical journalists then, and now, make a difference—and there’s a lot of them out there, please believe me.
After I finished school, I travelled again. About 3,000 miles away from the little farm we’d bought in Oregon, I crossed a causeway and bridge to one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen: Sanibel Island, Florida. I didn’t pray much in those days. But I’m sure I begged some kind of “greater being” that the editor with whom I had a job interview would immediately offer me a job in a job this tropical paradise.
She did, eventually. And thus began a passionate career in journalism, edging a bit into a workaholic phase. I had moderate success, met amazing people, and had too much fun—if that is possible—during a 23 year career.
A life-changing event
During the later days of that period, I accidentally discovered God as I tried desperately to show my young daughter, Willow, that there must be a better way in life. You can read more about that in the introduction to my book, The Jesus Workout.
So, I did—figuratively—grow up on Sanibel. God knew me from the womb and patiently waited for me to gain some sense of maturity and a more open heart.
Sent to Ethiopia
Then, when God felt I was ready, he sent me off to Ethiopia in January 2006 to serve in a missionary compound—similar to the one in The Hyena Man. The name of the missionary agency is Project Mercy, and they are still doing amazing work in the rural Gurage Mountains that hunker over Ethiopia’s Rift Valley.
I served in various capacities in Ethiopia through 2018 and then moved to serve children in Vietnam.
The Joy Quest
I’m passionate about finding joy and helping others do the same. I do this through coaching and by blogging (thejoyquest.com). I research and write about brain health and right thinking, the blog’s primary focus. But brain health often includes fun and interesting topics such as exercise, sleep, travel, nutrition, stress-free money management, community—and of course the importance of a spiritual life.
I hope and pray that you readers find something worthwhile on this site, and in my writings, that will lift you up with love and encouragement, and give you hope for a better life now, and for eternity.
May God bless you all.