Sally and I are now fourteen years into a retirement of sorts. She is a writer and I am a teacher/workshop leader/counselor who learned to write in order to share what I learned over fifty years of practical experience in counseling and ministry. We tried retiring near home, but decided to run away to the Oregon coast for a real change. Love the ocean, play tennis two/three times a week, fish for salmon and we both keep busy writing and traveling.
We run a small business, Petersen Publications, publishing our books: five to date. I have a best-seller about listening, called, “Why Don’t We Listen Better? Communicating & Connecting in Relationships” (sold nearly 20,000 in print and e-formats) and Sally’s latest is called, “Tea Pie, Love & Reality,” comprised of short memoir-essays. Between us we have five children and about a dozen grandchildren, two greats.
I was born in Livermore, CA, gained a mathematics degree from Lewis & Clark in Portland, then went to seminary in the Bay Area. I returned there for my doctorate 20 years later. In the early ‘80s I earned an Oregon license as a Professional Counselor. After three churches during forty years as a Presbyterian pastor, I retired in 1999. I love my GPS and laptop, read books on the iPhone, stay relatively up to date with technology and play tennis at least twice a week.
I’ve started a book of essays on life lessons I’ve learned from fishing: working title, “Fishing Lessons.”
I’m now working on a revision/update of my “Why” book and also a second listening book targeted at couples, but those will take awhile due to the pressures of retirement, tennis, and fishing and traveling.