RELATING TO HUMANS
A husband and father of three, Kurt Brindley is also a retired sailor who lives in Southern Pennsylvania in a house on top of a windy and rolling hill. He traveled much of the world while serving in the navy and, aye, he’s got some stories to tell…
Kurt served twenty years and four days in the navy and “retired” as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1998, he took a hiatus from his regular duties as a navy telecommunications specialist to attend the U. S. military’s Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The institute is little known to most but is internationally renowned to those in the human relations field.
Upon graduation, Kurt was certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Adviser and assigned the responsibilities of providing diversity management training and equal opportunity consultation and assistance to navy personnel throughout the navy’s Western Pacific area of operations.
Much of this work focused on awareness and outreach seminars in an effort to mitigate the harassment and abuse that resulted from the confusion and resentment surrounding the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
Kurt’s assignment as an EOA was one of the most challenging, and rewarding, assignments of his navy career, and it served as the impetus behind much of his early writing, including his novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and his short story “Leave.”
With the navy six years in his wake and a promising business career charted before him, Kurt was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in Blast Crisis, triggered by the rare Philadelphia Chromosome abnormality, in November of 2009.
Blessed by a matched, unrelated donor, he received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010. Unfortunately, as a nasty side-effect of the transplant, he was diagnosed with an aggressively fatal lung disease in November of the same year.
Kurt wasn’t given much chance to survive the lung disease — but he did. It is from this grace-filled experience that he gratefully recounts the lessons he learned about life and how to go about living it in his newly released book HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps.
When not telling stories, reading, or attending to his young, wily, and rather large Plott Hounds Zeno & Aurelius…
Kurt often wanders down to the bottom of his hill to walk along the countryside’s many rushing creeks and silent still ponds.
He likes it there down by the water…
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Regardless where you head to next, your visit here is greatly appreciated and it is hoped you find some enjoyment during your stay.