About Kurt

The Shores of Lake Erie

Kurt was born on the shores of Lake Erie.

He has touched waves frozen in their curl.

He is tall, but he hopes to accomplish more in life than just that.

He will always be a Buckeye but he now calls Pennsylvania his home.

He loves his family.

He is a husband who owes his life to his wife.

He is the father of three. When his first child was born, he nearly passed out from fright. When his second child was born, he was stuck in Alaska desperately trying to get a flight out. When his third child was born, he was the one to deliver him.

He is certain that his children are the most creative and talented living beings on Earth, and, since he’s pretty sure life anywhere else is not quite as advanced as on Earth, that means his children are probably the most creative and talented living beings in all of the universe(s).

He couldn’t wait to graduate from high school so he could conquer the world.

He joined the Navy at eighteen and “retired” twenty years and four days later.

He learned much. He worked hard. He played hard…maybe he played too hard sometimes.

He was cooped up on Hawaii for a three-year Pearl Harbor tour of duty once, so afterward he drove cross country to his next duty station with his wife and two oldest children in a completely packed Ford Tracer. The daughter sat on the floor and drew pictures. The son sat in his car seat and pointed out the cows and the moon.

He stared down in awe at the beauty of the Grand Canyon. It was one of those times in his life when he wished he could fly.

He still remembers how he felt when driving through the understated beauty of the Smokey Mountains.

He believes each American and each person aspiring to become an American should be required to drive across the United States to witness firsthand its beauty and grandeur.

He loves his country.

He also loves Japan.

He regrets that, even though he feels almost Japanese himself, he has never really learned the language. Some day, perhaps.

He sometimes feels like Godzilla when walking within a crowd of Japanese in downtown Tokyo.

He has stared up in awe at the beauty of Mount Fuji. It was another one of those times in his life when he wished he could fly.  Someday he’ll climb that mountain.

He has soaked in an outdoor natural hot spring and drank cold beer with naked Japanese men and women while it snowed.

He has happily napped under a warm and cozy kotatsu.

He loves to travel.

He has sailed to many ports of call throughout the world and wishes he had taken more pictures and written more letters home.

He is a Trusty Shellback.

He has sailed through a Nor’easter on the North Sea and has taken refuge in the spectacular fjords of Norway.

He has sailed the choppy and chilly emerald waters of the English Channel and has seen the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover.

He has sailed the San Bernardino Strait while steaming to the Philippines and may have witnessed the most beautiful scenery he has ever seen.

He has seen a severed foot floating in a Sri Lankan harbor. [Which has since become the inspiration for this.)

He once walked on what he thought was the moon but soon realized it was actually somewhere in Oman.

He has seen Tomcats take off at night from the deck of aircraft carriers and then he has seen them land with a full moon rising on the ocean’s distant horizon.

He loves to eat.

He loves to eat with chop sticks.

He has eaten fish and chips in a hazy London pub.

He has eaten grass soup (at least that’s what it tasted like) on the floor in the small, bare home of a wonderful Thai family. An ornate picture of the king hung proudly on the wall.

He has eaten something in Hong Kong that may have been the best meal he has ever eaten but he has no idea what it was.

He has eaten spicy, very spicy, shark and sting ray in an outdoor cafe underneath an overpass during a muggy night in Singapore.

He has eaten beefsteak in a quaint Norwegian pub while serious looking Norwegians rolled their own cigarettes and drank strong beer.

He loves the Arts.

He loves good poetry but he has a hard time defining the characteristics of what good poetry is.

He knows it when he feels it.

He loves music like it’s nobody’s business. He loves Tom Waits, Beck, The Smiths, Jose Gonzalez, Sun Kil Moon, Tindersticks, Yo La Tengo, The Avett Brothers, The Doors, Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Vivaldi, Marilyn Manson, Chet Baker, Nine Inch Nails, Stan Getz, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Black Flag, Rollins Band, Eminem, Hole, Cake, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Blink 182, Rage Against the Machine, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Violent Femmes, and…you get the picture. He especially loves the Pandora app tunein app Apple Music Spotify app for his Blackberry Droid RAZR Droid RAZR MAXX GOOGLE PIXEL 2.

He loves language in all its forms.

He loves the English language; not because it is the only language he speaks, but because it is so expressive and quirky and confusing and, yes, he must admit since it is the only language he speaks, because it is so accessible.

He really doesn’t care if adverbs are supposed to be after verbs.

Well…maybe he does.

He loves books, even the boring ones. He thinks they look good on his bookshelves, both before and after they have been read.

He has just recently read his first e-book. It does not look quite as good on a bookshelf as does a p-book…which of course is, a physical book.

He tries to write but too often he just thinks about writing; though, he is getting close to finishing did eventually manage to finish his first novel.

He also published a collection of poetry entitled Poems from the River.

He loves the concept of Spirituality.

He believes in God but probably not in the way you would want him to.

He loves sports but he is a fan of Cleveland teams so he often seems bitter and disappointed and he is happy and oh so very relieved that the Cavs won the championship in 2016.

He loves politics…you know, acting for ugly people.

He is a disgruntled Independent.

He loves internetworking.

He spends much of his time online.

He spends used to spend way too much time on facebook.

He feels he is much friendlier and easier to be around online than he is in person.

He would rather write, type, tweet, or post how he feels than say it.

He loves Humor.

He loves to laugh, but you probably wouldn’t guess it about him.

He prefers to make a point through self-deprecating humor, especially those tougher points that deal with other people and may hurt feelings. He feels it is much safer to make fun of himself, and so easy to do since he’s such a bumbling dork, than to try to tap dance around other people’s emotions and feelings.

He enjoys communicating through sarcasm and satire. He really enjoys it, so please be wary and please be open minded (and thick-skinned).

He has found no other author who can make him laugh harder than David Sedaris can. Though, he does feel rather sorry for Sedaris’s family because he exploits and belittles them so much. When asked once if what he writes is really true, Sedaris’s response was, “true enough.”

He likes that response.

He recommends you keep that response, as well as this, in mind during your stay here.

He guarantees what he says on this About page is sincere and from the heart, but since he was born with his tongue permanently attached to his cheek, he cannot make that guarantee for any other page or post on this site.

He will leave it up to you to determine whether he is being serious, satirical, sarcastic, or all of the above, in regards to any of his writing anywhere else other than on this About page.

He fancies himself an EO and Human Relations guy, but he admits, after all his years of study and research, he still has a hard time figuring the damn human species out.

He believes that humans make it awfully hard for him to like them.

He still likes them, though; because, even while they’re driving him stupid crazy with all the stupid crazy stuff they do, they are also amazing him with their mind boggling genius and limitless compassion.

He is a firm believer that schadenfreude is inherent to human nature.

He feels that’s why he follows the news so closely…at least the bad news, anyway.

He feels that’s why the good news bores him.

He thinks he probably focuses on and worries about the negative side of life a bit too much.

He had leukemia once.

He is sure some might say that there’s a relationship between his affinity for the negative and his affliction with the cancer.

He is sure others might say there isn’t.

He is not sure who is right.

He is sure, though, that he overcame the disease by the grace of that infinite and inexplicable universal power supply we call God, with the help of lots of loving prayers and support by family and friends, and from the gift given by one truly amazing person—his bone marrow donor.

He still has a hard time believing that there is one person in this whole wide world who perfectly matches his bone marrow and who was willing to donate it to him to save his life.

He thinks his donor is a female from Germany. He now knows his donor is a female from New England.

He is looking forward to meeting her and thanking her some day.

He is looking forward to many things.

He is thankful to be able to continue to look forward.

He is as thankful to be able to have so much to look forward to as he is to have so much to look back on and be thankful for.

He is thankful to be a survivor.

He is thankful to have survived Nor’esterners, earthquakes, typhoons, Snowmaggedon, a Polar Vortex, an appendectomy, Lyme disease, leukemia, neuropathy, Cytomegalovirus, Graft Versus Host Disease, Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome, skin cancer, pulmonary effusion, pericardial effusion, heart failure, and having to watch hundreds thousands of chick flicks over the years with his lovely and loving wife.

He is thankful to you for stopping by and visiting with him here.

829 thoughts on “About Kurt

  1. What an entertaining bio of you. Biographies tend to be dry and to the point. While reading this I smilled, laughed, my heart got warm and I realized that even though we’ve known each other since childhood, after reading this, I got to meet the man that you became.

    1. Thanks Kris. I’m sure, as my life continues to roll on, I’ll be updating and tweaking it from time to time.

  2. This is an incredibly cool bio! So creative that I can’t wait to steal some of your formatting techniques 🙂

    1. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
      Thank you for your kind comments John.

  3. I’m pretty sure I already like you, even as a p person! Do you have a post on your version of spirituality?

    Buckeye here, long-time Hawaii resident, world traveler as a child (does that count?), and a millennial spirit in the (unfortunate) age of the baby boomer (unfortunate, as in age, not necessarily baby boomer… but kinda)… I want stuff for free and I want to give stuff for free too. Thanks for checking out my blog.

    1. No post on spirituality…as of yet. Hard to capture as it’s constantly evolving. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Those frozen curled waves on the shore of Lake Erie in the winter are pretty cool. My kid is pretty awesome, too, perhaps one of the smartest and best looking.

  5. I believe that I’ve just read the most interesting and entertaining about page that I’ve read thus far. Amazingly unique. Thanks for visiting and following The Vision of Poets, but mostly, thanks for introducing me to your most enlightening site.

    1. Thank you. This means a lot to me.

  6. Great bio. Thanks for the follow.

  7. Thank you for the follow! Good luck with your writing!

  8. What an Illuminating ‘about page’ you have! I love every part of it. Thank you for the follow as it showed me your creativity, and I’ll certainly be following you.

    1. Thank you for saying so.

  9. Kurt, thanks for taking a moment and checking out what I’ve done via; ichas8440. Once, I was asked how I was doing. When they found out I did well they said they knew me and wanted to know why I left their city. Taking what I said about “their” city not being “friendly”, they concluded it was maybe me who wasn’t friendly. Funny how people assume. That’s when I told them I am very approachable as they could attest by how easily it was for them to… Approach and engage in casual convo. Communications, real simple. Listen, pay attention, consider if what is said has merit and. Add to the dish making up life. Hummm, I like what you’ve said in the “About” section of your site. I will probably check in here and there, just to see what you’ve been… Dining on. Again, thank you.

    1. Thank you for the visit and the kind comments.

  10. Hello Kurt – Thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to exploring yours after reading this intriguing bio.

    1. Thank you for the kind comments, Shery, and for stopping by.

  11. Wow Kurt, you have been through alot! Thanks for being part of my blog! I agree about Bob Seger — yes! By the way my wife had a blood cancer too, and had a bone marrow transplant! She is doing well now, but it was a long tough road for years. I wrote a poem about some of it. It should be in the archives, and is called “Courage Under Fire”.

    1. Glad to hear your wife is doing well. And, yes, Bob is the man. Thanks for the visit.

  12. Thanks for the follow!

  13. Just stopping by to thank you for your recent follow on Shift Key and peruse your excellent site. Much to read. Your life experience brings much to the table.

  14. As someone who has never been out of sight of land, Greetings. Thanks for following Artsyberger!

  15. Wow! Thanks for the follow Kurt! Means a lot with your experience, writing skills and outlook on life that you would choose to follow my writing. Enjoyed your bio, will read more of your work and do hope you enjoy mine. Cheers!

    1. Hey Rob, thanks for stopping by and leaving me with your kind words. Very much appreciated.

  16. Thanks for the follow!

  17. Thanks for following my blog. You are a guy with an interesting cv and an eclectic taste in music.

    re adverbs: you wrote “recently read” and I wouldn’t quarrel seriously with that!

  18. That’s some bio! Much thanks for following both First Night Design and First Night History. This page alone makes it well worth following you back. So that’s what I’m going to do.

    1. Appreciate your stopping by and sharing your kind comments.

  19. hi kurt – thanks for reading and following. i look forward to doing the same for you – best, beth

  20. This is the best About page ever! You have certainly led one interesting life.! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    1. Yes, I have, and still am. Thank you for stopping by and for your very kind comments.

  21. Wow – you’ve been a lot of places and experienced more than most. Congrats on being a survivor and so much more. And thanks for the follow.
    –Sandy

  22. Best ABOUT intro page ever! You sure grabbed my attention. Cheers!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to say so. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  23. Kurt, how can I be original, when everyone before me used up all the original words?
    All I can do is be repetitive: Great stuff; love your About page; amazed at all you’ve been through; love your writing style; humorous; etc. How’s that? 🙂 I guess I wasn’t silent.

    1. Ha, ha…you get a 10 for originality. Thank you for the kind comments and for not being silent.

  24. Oh! One more thing: So glad you stopped by my blog. Appreciate the follow! 😀

  25. Hi, Kurt. Thanks for following The Write Edge Writing Workshop. I hope you find it a valuable part of your week. Have a great weekend!

    Ekta

  26. Love this brilliant bio! Totally unique. Well, I suppose all individuals are unique, but this bio/About page is uniquer than most. Than all…that is, all that I’ve read. I have to admit I haven’t read thousands, but I’ve certainly read a whole bunch. Wish I’d had the idea of doing it like this!… I take it the sketches are yours? Talented guy.

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m just about to click ‘follow’ for yours.

    1. Thank you for the very nice comments and for clicking “follow.”

  27. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and following. This is by far the best About page I’ve read. I look forward to reading more on your site. And, because you love music so much check out my 9/21 post or just put Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra into YouTube and check them out. All the best.

    1. Thank you for the very nice compliment. Checking out your 9/21 as I type. Thanks for the recommendation…can’t get enough of those things.

  28. Hello Kurt, I always wondered if the things David Sedaris said about his family were true. I’m usually laughing so hard that I don’t think of it as being mean. Thanks for clearing that up and thanks for the follow. Best wishes in your writing career 🙂

    1. He’s simply the best, isn’t he. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind wishes.

  29. Hi Kurt, thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I enjoyed reading your about us page, it so simple, and honest – feels like I have been listening to you talk while i was reading it. the illustrations alongside are neat too! Look forward to checking out your other posts.

    1. Thank you for your nice comment and for stopping by.

  30. Thanks so much for following my blog. I agree with many others that your autobiography (a.k.a. “about”) is very interesting–from a doubtlessly interesting person. Blessings!

    1. Thank your kind words and your kind blessings.

  31. Thank you for the follow 🙂

  32. Kurt, I so enjoyed your story. Thank you for your years of service and thanks for following me. Hope to see more of you. Good luck with the novel. My 2nd is on the edge of publication.

    1. Thank you for your nice comments and for taking the time to say so, Victoria. It means a lot to me. And all the best for your writing endeavors, as well.

  33. Greetings from Montreal! Your bio is lovely; I had to smile as my ex almost fainted at the birth of our first born but was better at our second:) I was my daughter`s labour coach at our grandson`s birth and now I know how fathers feel! Thanks for dropping by at my blog; you may also be interested at http://Tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com.

    1. Greetings, Montreal. Yes, those were some memorable days. Thanks you for visiting from Up North and for your kind words.

  34. Great bio, but have to put you straight….my kids are the most talented and beautiful in the Universe… I’m sure yours come a close second though 😉 Thanks for following me and leading me to this great site. I’m sure I’m going to be a regular visitor and will spread the word!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your kind comments. And please tell your wonderful children hello for me.

      1. Will do. And ‘hi’ to yours too!

  35. Thanks so much for finding my blog and deciding to follow it. And much good luck with getting your writing out there. I see you’re off to an excellent start! I’ll be back to read more! 🙂

  36. Honoured to have you follow my blog Kurt, I just love the creative style of your about page. Besides the poetry, I also saw you like the Smiths! Always a good sort of person in my book. 😀

    1. Thank you for visiting and for sharing you kind words.

      The Smiths are of my core.

  37. Awesome stuff Kurt, now I feel like I need to step my game up with my About page. Thank you for your service to our country. You the man.

    1. Thank you for your awesome kind words, sir.

  38. I read half of this aloud to Hubby. Great stuff. Thanks for your service and helping us stay free! (Also, on the home page, the * regarding your award is pretty darn hilarious.)

    1. Oh my. Please offer my most sincerest apologies to Hubby. If he has to endure sappy About page readings, I can only imagine how many chick flicks he’s sat through.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

      1. Oh, I sit through many more (we’re talking exponential multiplication…) RangerRick flicks (there’s another name for it but it’s not my favorite word…). 🙂 After watching about 10 violentexplosivebloody movies with him, he watched Divergent with me (which, I’ll admit, is extremely sappy). Afterwards, he said, “I guess I deserved that.” 🙂 Next up, The Fault in Our Stars. Bwah ha ha ha

  39. What a great bio. Always respect for a survivor. Will visit your stuff again soon. Thanks for the follow.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. Looking forward to your return.

  40. Hi, Ditto most of the above comments about your bio. And thank you for serving your country. My son spent three years in Okinawa (USMC) and loves Japan, too. And thanks for following my blog. So glad to meet you here, and I’m looking forward to reading more!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind ditto. A Bravo Zulu and a hearty “Oorah!” to your Marine.

  41. What a wonderful bio, the best about me page ever!! Thank you so much for the follow! Greetings from Finland 🙂

    1. Hello, Finland. Kiitos vierailusta ja erityisesti ystävällisistä kommentteja.

  42. Thank you for the follow. You certainly have a lot of material to write from.
    Interesting bio! I can use chopsticks, too.

    Liy

    1. Darn! A typo. My name is Lily

      1. Welcome and thanks for visiting.

        Not seeing a typo…

  43. Best Bio I have read yet!

  44. Well, you went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

    1. Wow. Way to make an entrance. You owned it. Welcome.

  45. Ah, an interesting one!~

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Kurt. Yours is quite interesting and I think I’ll be dropping by once in a while. Good luck on your writing and hopefully, I’ll get to the point of having mine published as well. 🙂

  46. Thanks for the follow friend, looking forward to following you as well!!!

  47. Such a lengthy and intriguing bio! I look forward to following your blog. Peace 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to check things out. I hope you choose to have a lengthy stay. Peace back at ya.

  48. Thank you for following my blog! All the best to you.

  49. Very honestly spoken, I appreciate that. H.

    1. Thanks, brother.

      I was bouncing around your site today, digging your work like I do and wanting to reblog a couple pieces…but to my dismay there were no reblog buttons.

      Sure would like to share some of your artistic love with some of the folks who stop by here…

      1. THX for Your advice, hope did fix this, BTW did a short review on amazon. Regards H PS Addicted to Japan as well

        1. That is amazing! Thank you so much. It is so awesome having a review written in German. God I love the internet.

          Thanks again, bro.

  50. Hello Kurt, after reading and viewing site i realize just how far you continue to climb. Great works, you can send me a tip any time. Good Luck for all time. David

    1. Hey, David. Thank you for stopping by to visit. I really appreciate it, along with your very kind comments.

  51. Hi Kurt, you have a great bio and you have lived your life to the fullest, and its inspiring. Thank you for the follow and stopping by my blog :). I am not as great a writer as you, but its great to meet people like you and getting the privilege of reading their blog and thereby being a part of their journey and that is one good thing about being a blogger. 🙂

    1. That’s why I love WordPress so much and think ma.tt is a giant of a genius (even though he still only looks like he’s barely 15) — it is such a fantastic global forum for meeting other like-minded individuals.

      Here I am in Southern PA and you are all the way across the globe in Pune, India!

      How awesome is that?!

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write such a nice greeting, Shibu.

      Or shall I say…Neo?

      🙂

      Peace

      1. Yes true Matt, I always wanted to meet people from all around the world, and I never thought it could happen. I am glad I am blogging. And it made me realize that we are all same – one – and its a nice feeling. Thanks for calling me Neo..that made my day..I love to be Neo..I love that movie..:) Have a great day and weekend Matt. Peace to you too. 🙂

  52. Kurt, I appreciate your expressing yourself in an appreciative manner after stumbling across my Chekov haikus – Paul Xylinides

    “Stumbling” being my impression of what happens when one feels compelled to comment upon one item among a plethora of material.

  53. Dear Kurt,
    I was surprised when you follow me…I’m just an ordinary Indonesian person who write as a fun thing. But nice to meet you here.

    Salam kenal dari Indonesia

    Nono

    1. Hello bambangpriantono – From Indonesia For You.

      Well, since you’re “just an ordinary Indonesian” and I’m just an ordinary US American it looks like we have a lot in common already and we barely know each other.

      🙂

      Nice to meet you here, as well.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Hahahahaa…you’re welcome. You can visit my shanty virtual home anytime you wish and vice versa..

  54. Thanks for the follow, Kurt! I’m always curious how people find my little blog. Yours looks wonderful. So it seems I’ve made a new blog connection! 🙂

    1. Hi Lorna’s Voice.

      Well, I don’t know about the others, but the chances are that I found your blog the same way I typically find all the others – through the WordPress Reader. After I publish a new post, I always read the posts in the WP Reader with the same tags in the post I just published (I’m sure there is a clearer way that I could have written that but hopefully you follow). And when I read a post, I tend to “Like” it and to follow the author who wrote it.

      And there you have it…I hope your curiosity has been sated.

      🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to offer such kind comments.

      1. Curiosity totally satisfied!

  55. Kurt–

    thanks for visiting

    and for following my site

    susanpowersbourne.net

    –spb

  56. Kurt, thanks for following my blog, Violet’s Vibes. That brought me here to read your unique About page.

  57. First, I wish you good health.
    I do appreciate you stopping by my blog and following it. I may be wrong, but I think you would like a book I reviewed in early September, 2014. Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. It was short listed for the Booker, but that is not why. It is partially based in Japan and you will learn some Japanese vocabulary along the way (if you don’t already know some).
    Second, your writing is clean and I like that. I don’t do the searching for Likes, but I am glad you did you read the tags and found my blog, so I can now follow yours. Good luck finishing your novel.

    1. Hello, bwhite21. I’m sorry for the delay in response. Somehow I missed your kind and informative comment. I have been meaning to read Ozeki’s work for a long while now. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Thanks for the referral. Again, thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I’m glad I found and followed you, as well.

  58. Thanks for following My Brain Sand. I enjoyed poking around your blog and look forward to future posts.

  59. Thank you for following my blog.

  60. You are one seasoned writer I say

    1. As we sailors like to say, I am an Old Salt, indeed.

  61. Enjoyed the bio, lot of info in just a few words. Very interesting life. Your humor and mine will get along pretty good. Appreciate you checking out my blog and may I suggest reading almost any book of short stories by Patrick McManus.

    1. Hi repeoples. Thank you for stopping by and checking things out. I really appreciate your kind comments and the book recommendation. Although, I must say you are the first to say my bio consisted of “just a few words.” Seems most remark on its length. Yeah, I think you’re right…we will get along pretty good, indeed. 🙂

  62. Hi, thanks for the “likes” on my blog, good to meet you! 🙂

  63. The bio for which all others should be measured against – brilliant!

    1. Thank you very much, mattsandercock. That means a lot to me.

  64. Why are you talking about yourself as if you are a third party. What is wrong with the word I ?

    1. Because it satisfies his “artistic” sensibilities and pretensions.

      Why do you ask, he wonders.

      1. Bare in mind that dutch is my native language, we dutch people have a saying: act normal, you are crazy enough. You lift youself up to a place you want to be, but it doesn’t suite you. You are good enough as the I. 🙂
        Hugs Marijke

  65. The fact that dutch is your native language has been borne deeply into his mind, as has been your dutch people saying and he has taken it all under consideration.

    He thanks you from the bottom of his pretentious heart for stopping by.

    1. Doe maar gewoon dan doe al gek genoeg. 🙂
      Hugs Marijke

      1. Gek is mij en me gek. God zij dank. 🙂

        Vrede.

        1. Oops…he meant to say,

          Gek is hij en hij is gek. God zij dank.
          🙂

  66. Thanks for the follow. I hope you like my future posts. You have some great poems and stories here.

    1. You’re welcome. I’m certain I will. And thank you for stopping by and offering the kind comment, alkapla.

  67. This bio is heads and shoulders above the best description of a human being I have ever read. Because of this fact, you got me interested in your books. Thank you so much for visiting my humble blog. I’m impressed that you even noticed it. Thank you again.

    Bye,

    Omar.-

    1. Your humility belies the beauty and overwhelming sense of peace and selflessness that one experiences when visiting your site, Omar. It’s a place sublime.

      Thank you for your kindest of comments.

  68. HI there Kurt, a very interesting about page. As a very novice writer myself is great that you stumbled upon my little crazy blog, now I have another person who I can read and learn from. And you being a published author you might know a thing or two about writing.

    I´m also thankful you´re a survivor, you do have a gift to share seems to me, so you thought Oman was the moon…….man what did the navy gave you to eat? plus 20 years in service. Long time away from home, I survived 4 and a half years in the army and that was more than enough for me. Looking back I should have gotten in the Navy instead, you did travel world at the expense of not seeing the family I´m sure and I know a bit about that,but you did have quite some adventures , will read more in your blog and see about your book, but I´m sure you have a bunch of adventures to tell. Just only reading the strange food you ate………go figure the rest.

    Anyways, I´m very glad you took your time to visit my blog.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a nice comment, charlypriest.

      Yeah, I’ve had some interesting experiences…but haven’t we all. We all have some stories to tell.

      I like your vibe. It feels like you have so much you want to say and write that it’s almost impossible for you to contain them.

      Write on, Army…write on.

      Hooah!

      1. Thank´s Kurt, we´ll keep on writing, my new renewed passion that I had left in hiatus for a very long time.

  69. Thanks for the follow of my blog. Great bio! I look forward to reading your posts. Cheers.

    1. Thank you for visiting, The Little Butch That Could (TLBTC). And thank you for the nice comment. I’m looking forward to hearing from you again.

  70. What an engaging person you are and what a terrific “about” page. I am honored by your follow. Thank you SO much. Will visit here some more. Namaste, Ellen

    1. Ellen, what a wonderful comment. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to leave me such a nice message. ☮

  71. Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. I am SO impressed by how you play with words and happy to know you. I can’t wait to read many more. Cheers from Tokyo, Maiko

    1. ようこそ!
      Ah, how I miss my beloved Tokyo. Maiko san…
      Thank you for stopping by and especially for leaving such a nice comment.

  72. What an interesting life you’ve led! Thanks for stopping by the blog. May God bless you real good!

  73. Kurt, love your syntax, brother. Things we have in common: 1) I write (duh); 2) I’m a buckeye (honorary–moved to Ohio 10 years ago); 3) Godzilla–not because I’m tall, but because I’ve written a spoof entitled Notzilla (more on that later). Pleasure to Follow you back!

    1. Welcome and thanks for stopping by my fellow Buckeye friend.

  74. Thanks for following my website. Yours looks very interesting!

  75. Heya thank you for checking out my blog, I appreciate the follow! Looking forward to reading your work 🙂 x

  76. Thank you for stopping to take a look at my art work. Interesting site you have, I will enjoy looking at all your material!

  77. ‘He’ is an extremely accomplished man! Thank you for the add, and I look forward to reading some of your published work, too 😀

  78. Hi Kurt, Thanks for coming by and following my blog! Looking forward to reading your posts.

  79. Well done sir! I like the prose like poem that is your About. Thanks also for the follow! Cheers!

    1. Thank you for reading it (quite a feat), Judy, and for leaving the nice comment. Welcome.

  80. Hi great to meet you! you sound like a sound guy who knows what he is doing and where he is going in life! Thanks for liking my blog enough to follow . I am always happy and grateful to get a new follower! I look forward to stepping into your blog! Be well and happy! xx

    1. Well, willowdot21, I’m happy to hear that at least I sound like all that…it’s nice to know my ruse is working. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave the nice comment.

  81. Hi Kurt, pleased to meet you and thank you for following my blog. I’ve had a read through yours, it’s a wonderful collection of work, very ecclectic.

    Your ‘about’ page is superb!

    I can relate to many of the experiences you describe as I spent 16 years in the Royal Navy and I too travelled widely in that time.

    I’m following your blog now; I’d like to maker sure I don’t miss anything!

    Namaste
    Robert

    1. Ahoy, Shipmate! Well I guess in the Queen’s Navy you all say, Shipper? Is that right? Anyway, welcome my salty friend. Thanks so much for taking the time to check a bit out and for leaving such nice feedback. It really means a lot to me. Let’s stay in touch as we become more familiar with each others work. Peace.

  82. Kurt, that has to be the most interesting’About’ I have ever read. Certainly highlights the terrible one I wrote over on Learning from Dogs! Must improve it! A result of coming here because you recently subscribed to LfD, for which I offer my warm thanks.

    1. Hey, thanks Paul. This About has certainly evolved quite a bit over time. And I am sure it will continue to do so. All things in life are a WIP… I appreciate you stopping by and checking things out, my friend.

      1. Just real out aloud your bio to Jeannie, my darling wife, and she asked if you had any animals in your life?

        1. Well, we have a cat, Jack Kerouac, but he’s the wife’s cat. Won’t have anything to do with me.

          Hopefully I won’t get hate mail for saying this since the internet is overly rife with cats, but I am a tried and true Dog Man.

          And I did have a very special dog who passed a couple of years ago, and to be honest, I’m still not over her passing.

          She was a little snowball of a Maltese. Her name was Shikibu Murasaki and she never left my side not once during all my cancer bs. Getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about it.

          Just recently we’ve finally been able to consider getting another dog.

          I’m thinking…bulldog, maybe.

          1. Well we have 9 dogs here in Oregon of whom 7 are rescues. Jeannie said for you guys to try the shelters first, so many needy dogs in the world. Very happy to help with regard to homing a rescue dog of your dreams. There’s a contact email address on my home page, or use paulhandover over on gmail.

          2. Please tell your darling wife Jeannie, roger and wilco, if at all possible.

            Thanks, Paul. And good luck to you and Jeannie with all your noble pursuits.

  83. This is a fun bio… it’s full of contradictions – we all have those, which is what makes people fun to watch, converse with and eventually know (or at least THINK we know 🙂 )

    1. Hi, jannatwrites. I’m glad you find it fun because I surely had fun writing it and updating it over the years. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave such kind and insightful comment.

  84. Hello Kurt, this is the best About page I’ve read! You have seen, and done a lot in your life. May you accomplish all your dreams. So happy that you are a survivor! I love reading good news. 🙂 The love for family, friends, and nature is the essence of life. Thank you for following my blog! Blessings to you, and your family. 🙂

    1. I am so happy to have found your blog, Ms. Vee, since it provided me the wonderful opportunity to meet you. Kindness like yours is what enables our planet to survive amongst the increasingly tougher odds against it.

      Thank you so much for sprinkling some of your magic and love around my site.

      Peace.
      ~ Kurt

      1. Thank you for your kind words. It’s makes me feel wonderful to have someone as talented as you follow my blog! I pray for peace everyday! 🙂

        1. On behalf of the entire planet, I thank you most sincerely for your daily prayers, for it is them that sustain us and keep us safe.

          Just know what you give will be returned to you tenfold…

          1. I am a firm believer that is true. 🙂

          2. It certainly is true, Ms. Vee, it certainly is. I just wish more believed it. If so, oh what a wonderful world this would be.

          3. Yes, I agree wholeheartedly Kurt.

  85. Thanks for the follow Kurt, mightily appreciated. Gee in your trips you must have and some amazing and wonderful cultural experiences. Meeting different cultures to me is just magic. I love it and cone myself lucky to be in Europe to have so many cultures just a stone’s throw away. let me carry on my meanderings on your blog, MM 🍀

    1. Welcome, MM. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have pleasant meanderings…

  86. About two weeks ago you started following my blog. I’m sorry it took so long for me to respond but I wanted to thank you for the consideration.

  87. Thank you so much for following my blog! I think your site is a great support for indie authors, able to come here and have their works authentically reviewed. I might hit you up for a review some day! 😉

    1. Well, if you have something,why don’t you tell us about it.Maybe you might receive more than just a review from me. Never know… 🙂

      Glad you stopped by, Von Simeon.

      1. Soon. No rush. 🙂

  88. I enjoyed your bio – it was a rather long read, but I did actually read it all because it was so informative and entertaining. Sounds like you have lived a very full adventurous life. Thanks for the follow on my blog, I’m thinking it is only fair to return the favor, especially since I’m pretty sure I like your style of writing.

    1. Hi Teresa. I’m glad you enjoyed that long beast of an about page and I appreciate you suffering through it. And I am additionally appreciative for you being only fair and following my site out of anticipated merit rather than obligation.

      Thank you, Teresa.

      1. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  89. Fantastic page – and I mean that 🙂 Thanks by the by, for checking out my blog and following. Looking forward to exploring your blog a bit!

    1. Thank you, Joy. And with a wonderful, abundant name like Joy, how could anyone not be thankful to have you follow? And I truly mean that, my friend.

  90. Hi there, great blog ! … and thank you for dropping by and following.

  91. thanks for the follow on my blog. I grew up in western PA and still miss the beautiful woods. My son also had leukemia; unfortunately his match didn’t take so while he is finally at peace there is still a pain in my heart. best wishes with your writing. Marie 🙂

    1. Oh my, Marie. I’m so sorry for your loss. I thank you for stopping by and sharing that with us and allowing us to draw from your strength. My best wishes for you, as well, my Pennsyltucky friend. 🙂

      ~ Kurt

  92. Kurt, Thanks for following FIGHTER FAITH. If you would like to receive regular updates by email and receive my e-book Far Better Men, come on back and join my email subscriber list.

  93. Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures Kurt! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! ~Uschi

  94. I think that’s the best bio I’ve read on WordPress. And I usually can’t process more than a nugget of information, but I felt like I just ate a whole chicken, feet and all, minus the toenails. Clearly, you’ve accomplished more than being tall. In fact for those of us who are average height and haven’t been anywhere or done anything, this bio makes us feel like we may just have wasted a few decades. Japan is very far away, too far away to even dream of. It’s like Sedaris says: “I have to go to China.” I told people this in the way I might say, “I need to insulate my crawl space” or, “I’ve got to get these moles looked at.”
    Yes, that’s how I feel about the other side of the world. But perhaps you may have planted a little Smokey Mountain seed in me. And I’ll point out cows and the moon.

    1. Oh my, kerbey. Your comments have left me near speechless. And, judging by the length of my About page, I’m sure you can imagine that is quite a rare thing, indeed.

      Seriously, I don’t know how to respond because words are all I have to respond with, and they just aren’t up to the task of describing how pleased I am right now…

      Not just because of the nice things you said, and it is that, but it is also, mostly, because of the moving way you described how moved you were by the words.

      And, I really enjoy how you drew in to the wonderful sentiment of Sedaris’ China piece.If it isn’t the funniest, it comes in a close second to anything whatever else is. So much hilarity to choose from.

      Travel if you can, but take assurance that with your lucid and poetic prose, your words can take you wherever you wish to go.

      Thank you, kerbey, truly.
      ~ Kurt

  95. Thanks for looking at my site. I just roamed around yours and wanted to say that I signed up for the registry the same day my college roommate was supposed to be getting her transplant. (It ended up being put off a week or so.) She also has GVHD but luckily that as severe. She can’t smell, which means she can’t really taste, and she has some problems with her feet, but she’s still a great sport about going out to eat and she hikes as often as time allows. I really admire her attitude.

    1. Sorry to hear about your friend. Glad to hear she is facing it well. Please offer my best wishes. Yeah, I went through a long period when I couldn’t smell or taste anything. To be honest, though, in some ways it was kind of refreshing. No hassles. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, c2london.

  96. Great Bio and Thanks for the follow!

  97. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner. I second all the superlatives about your bio.

    1. Hi Malcolm. I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a kind comment. It means a lot to me.

  98. Hi Kurt, thanks for the follow on my blog. What great about page and I love how you have used your art work too:-)

    1. Thank you, neveah1. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to say such kind things.

  99. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leading me back to yours (very interesting indeed).

    1. Thank you, Andrew. I appreciate you stopping by to check things out a bit.

  100. You had me at “He loves politics…you know, acting for ugly people.” Thanks for following my blog, and I’m looking forward to reading more of yours.

    1. Nice. I think you and I will get along smashingly. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to bring me a smile, change it up editing.

  101. Thanks for following my blog. I will follow yours as well.beebeesworld

  102. Wow, that has to be the best “about” page I’ve ever seen on any blog. Makes me want to go and improve mine. Almost. If I didn’t have this compulsion to keep writing my book, I would. 😉 But seriously, many truths and tons of humour on this page, love it.

    1. Thank you for the very kind comment, Amos. I appreciate you breaking away from your writing long enough to stop by and check it out.

      1. To be honest, I was just going to… skim it. See who was following me. I don’t believe in just blindly exchanging “follows” with people only to completely ignore their posts later (though I’ve been guilty of ignoring way too many good bloggers because of my lack of time, dangit!), but both your style and content drew me in, so well done. 🙂

  103. あなたが今日のあなたの米を持っていたことがありますか

    1. Uh oh. I guess maybe you didn’t see the part about me
      “wanting” to learn the language…someday. Let me active my google side of my brain to see what nonsensical translation it comes up with…

      “Have I had my rice today?” Hmm…

      Rice, gohan, is a staple I never go without. 🙂

      I really appreciate you stopping by and having a look around, bearspawprint. It means a lot to me.

      1. It is a greeting, similar in nature to “How are you?”.

  104. Hi Kurt, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Great bio – very entertaining. You’ve experienced and survived so much (chick flicks included). It must have all been incredibly challenging at the time but now provide such raw and rich inspiration for your writing now.

    1. Hello Janna. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such a nice comment. I really appreciate it.

  105. In an attempt to coin a new phrase I have only reiterated what so many have said before. But it is what it is. A great bio. Sometimes a short, to the point sentence is the best answer, not a verbose one, (which I am often guilty of ).

    Thank you for visiting my site and someday, I’ll have a novel posted somewhere in this new world of publishing.

  106. Oh, and I have been to the top of Mt Fuji, but it was so fogged in I couldn’t see anything. And to the Grand Canyon, Not that I’ve been following you or anything, really I wasn’t.

    1. I don’t know, friend, if you’ve already climbed Fuji san, then it seems that I’m the follower of you. And, in fact, I am, And I’m glad of it. 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I really appreciate it, jrschenck.

  107. Thanks for following my blog, Kurt, so that I could meet you here. I have been reading back through your posts, and enjoying your photography…a lot.

    1. Hey, Aneline M. Thank you for stopping by, checking things out, and taking the time to leave the nice comment. And I enjoy hearing that you enjoy the photography… a lot! 🙂

  108. Thanks for the follow! It was a pleasure just reading your bio!

    Vanessa

    1. Hey, thank you, Venessa. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know that. It really means a lot to me. Thank you for that, and for stopping by to check things out.

  109. Thanks so much for following me on Cold 🙂

    1. Thank you for coming by to say thank you. 🙂

  110. Your bio is beautifully transparent, even if you aren’t. I loved this: “He is tall, but he hopes to accomplish more in life than just that,” because my vertical deficiency occasionally brings out the patronizer in some tall guys. Perhaps, by the time I kick this life’s bucket, I will truly believe that stature is not a physical attribute. And thanks again for following The Well-Dressed Branch.

    1. Hey, James, thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      And, as you already know, I also really appreciate you helping with my gaff of a gaffe. It is so kind of you to help other authors out like that. Our community need more givers like you, brother.

      Thanks again, James.
      ~Kurt

  111. Wow! What a great approach. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  112. Hi, Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow! I love your About page. What a great way to introduce yourself to people!
    Cheers!
    Amy

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Amy, and especially for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. It means a lot to me. ~ Kurt

  113. Hi Kurt…thanks for the follow! I’ll be sure to check back for updates on your writing. Best wishes!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Vee. I really appreciate it. Best wishes to you, as well.

  114. Fellow Ohioan & independent at this end.

    1. Welcome to this end, my brother.

  115. Without a doubt, the best bio I have ever had the privilege of reading.

    1. My, kristilazzari, I don’t know what to say except, Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

      1. I look forward to reading more of your blog! Best wishes to you!

        1. And all the best to you as well, my friend.

  116. Just wanted to say thanks for the follow/love on my blog! Super cool of you, also your music taste is flawless. Yes to Beck, yes to Jose Gonzalez!

    1. Nice. Excited to hear Jose will release his first solo album in 7 years early next year. Thanks for stopping by and checking things out, The Shapeless Truth.

      1. I’m jumping on that bandwagon, for sure 🙂

  117. Love your bio and thanks so much for following my blog 🙂 Look forward to reading more here!

    1. Great. Thanks so much for stopping by, checking things out, and taking the time to let me know. I appreciate that, Cathy.

  118. Wow! An interesting and intriguing blog! Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I am now following you also and look forward to checking out your blog more closely. Have a great evening! 🙂

    1. Hey, thank you for the nice comment, sporterhall. I really appreciate you stopping by to check things out and taking the time to say hello. It means a lot to me. I hope your evening is great, as well.

      1. You are very welcome! 🙂

  119. Hi, thanks for the follow. It’s always nice to meet other writers.

    1. I agree. Nice to meet you Writer.

      1. Hi, does your book Hercules Gone Mad have anything to do about the ”new world order”?

        1. Well, it’s set after the collapse of the old order, in a world reeling from war and disease and struggling for its own survival.

          Here’s the Heroes of Dystopia page that gives my overarching thought on the backdrop of the series…
          http://kurtbrindley.com/heroes-of-dystopia/

  120. Konichiwa, Wow! That is a lot of ‘about’ words. I admit I would usually skim that many words from an unknown screen friend, but surprisingly I read every one. Love the humorous and interesting writing. Thanks for following my blog. Sayonara.

    1. Konichiwa. I admit, as well, I am surprised that you surprisingly read every one of those ‘about’ words, seeing as how many of them there are. Thank you for struggling through.

      1. If it were a struggle, I would have stopped. I enjoyed your words.

  121. Wow! Very creative, warm, and with so much to share! BTW, I’m going to Singapore next spring. Got any advice on what to see or where to eat?

    1. Thank you, Kathi. It’s so nice of you to take the time to leave such a nice comment. As for Singapore, it’s been many o’ moon since I’ve visited, but it is a very tidy tiny country. Do not litter. My general advice for any foreign travel — stay out of McDonalds and Starbucks and eat foods that scare you. 🙂 Enjoy your visit. Maybe stop back and let me know how it went?

      1. Sounds good. I do like to try new foods, and I love natural beauty. I’ll be sure to be tidy and hope to remember to let you know if I find anything amazing!

  122. Thanks for liking my photo blog. Have a great day. (hope I said it like I mean it)

  123. Dear Writing Hand,

    Please convey my thanx to Mr. Kurt for following my blog.

    Gringa.

  124. I stopped by to thank you for following my blog and hope you continue to find something of interest there. I’m always curious as to what brings people to it. I have found yours very entertaining, especially your about page. I like your humor. I’ll stop back by shortly when I have more time to read. Thank you again.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to check things out, insearchofitall. I’m happy to hear you find things humorous and entertaining. As for how I found your blog…more than likely I saw something you posted in the WP Reader, liked it, and felt compelled by it to follow you in anticipation of more good stuff. 🙂

  125. What an entertaining and interesting about page! Thanks for following my blog because it led me to yours. I’ll be back.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the page, W. K. Tucker. I really appreciate you stopping by and checking it out.

  126. This is the most intriguing bio I’ve ever read, an exercise we all should attempt, for ourselves, and however we want to share it. Congratulations on being a survivor!

    1. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. It really does mean a lot to me. Thank you, Tracy.

  127. Hello Kurt,

    Thank you so much for the follow.
    What a site. I really like the way your site is presented and the formatting of the bio my oh my.
    cannot wait to explore the site more!

    Tijani

    1. Hey, thanks so much, Tijani. I really appreciate you stopping by to check things out and then leaving such a kind comment. It means a lot to me.

  128. Kurt, thanks for the follow. This is an inspiring site and I’ve only just looked at your “About”–what a great layout, easy to follow, interesting…you are so prolific!

    1. Hey, thank you, Prof. Nisslbody. I appreciate you checking things out and taking the time to leave me with your kind comments and to let me know about the layout. I have a tendency to change my themes often…to often probably. But I like this one and it makes me happy to know it provides a decent experience for visitors. Thanks again.

  129. That’s an intriguing auto-biography – so strong. Thanks for stopping by and following my photographic attempts.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, sixpixx. I really appreciate it.

  130. Hi Kurt, What an impressive “about” page! Makes me want to do an illustrated “Life of Kurt”! Thank you for the follow, and I’ll be returning the compliment!

    1. Hey, karencomics, I really appreciate you stopping by, checking things out a bit, and leaving the kind comment. It means a lot to me. You have some serious artistic game. Love the Phantom Banjo.

      1. Thanks, Kurt! I’ve been very much enjoying your poetry and stories, too.

  131. I thought your bio was really funny! 😀

    1. I’m happy to have entertained you.

      1. Well, you’re welcome… 😀

  132. What an honor to have you following Shadows of Love. Thank you! Just in reading this page of yours, I am sure there is much about you I will enjoy and from which I have a lot to learn.

    1. What an honor it is of mine for you to stop by here and check things out a bit. It means a lot to me, Debbie. Thank you.

  133. I nominated you for a “One Lovely Blog” award. Your writing touches and inspires me. Here is the post where I give you a shout out and instructions for accepting the award:

    http://lowwire.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/one-lovely-blog-award-2/

    Congratulations! And keep up the great writing.

    1. Hi Wayne. Thank you for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and leaving such a nice comment. It really does mean a lot to me.

  134. This has to be the best ‘About’ page, I’ve ever read. You sound rather intriguing. 🙂 I have a friend in South Africa who has recently had a bone marrow transplant. It’s been a long struggle, but he’s winning through, just as you did, 🙂

    1. Hello, anotherday2paradise. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. I’m so happy to hear about your friend in South Africa. Please give him my best if you have a chance. Thanks again.

  135. Thank you for the great share & transparency and for following my blog!
    Blessings,

  136. Hi Kurt! Thanks for the follow 🙂 I look forward to checking out your blog soon!

    Kendra

  137. This is an awesome bio! Thank you for sharing it. Look forward to reading your works.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to check things out and leaving such a nice comment. It really mean a lot to me, geekyhausfrau.

  138. Thanks for visiting my blog – have to admit it feels a little silly after seeing your’s!

    1. Ha ha…thanks for stopping by, Madeline. Let’s stay in touch.

  139. Thanks for the visit and follow!

  140. Yes, English is a terrific language: too bad that at present only foreigners speak it well. Artsyberger

  141. Thanks for the follow, Kurt. I’ll have to come back to this after November to give it a more careful read, but what an impressive list of “about”s.

  142. Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow. I’m so glad you found me, so I could find you. This is a great site. I’m excited to read your stories.

    1. Hello marialberg. I’m so happy you like it here. I sure hope you enjoy the stories. I’m looking forward to your feedback. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

  143. Interesting and revealing bio, Kurt. But you left out a couple of things that perhaps only someone from the outside could see. I won’t include what I think you forgot or simply omitted out of respect for your privacy, but I will say the “warmth, caring and loyalty” I knew so well didn’t make the cut. And I bet you did feel like Godzilla in Japan. Hell, I felt tall in Japan and you tower over me.

    1. You’ve arrived at last. Welcome my brother…

    2. Now it’s time for you to get you a wordpress site and start posting all those beautiful photos you are renowned for.

  144. Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow on my blog, much appreciated. You have a very entertaining and original bio., and I also like the ‘no typos’ bit!

    1. Ha ha…wow, you scrolled all the way down there to see that?! Awesome! But did you see the typo in the ‘no typos’ bit? 🙂 I really appreciate you stopping by and checking things out. It means a lot to me, julielivingstone. Thank you.

  145. Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Perhaps one day you will check out my other blog?
    http://foundinfrance.wordpress.com
    Thanks!

  146. Thanks for the follow 🙂 What an interesting life you had! Looking forward to reading more. Hello from London!

    1. London calling! How cool is that. Thanks for stopping by and checking things out, Cristina. I’m looking forward to you reading more…and letting me know what you think about what you’ve read. 🙂

  147. Thanks for visiting and following my Fictionary. I hope you enjoy my Accidental Words.

  148. Thanks for the follow. I look forward to following your blog, too – What an interesting life you have had! Appreciate how you share faith and love!

    1. Hello JoAnn. I appreciate you stopping by, checking things out a bit, and then taking the time to leave me such a nice comment. Thank you.

  149. @kurt
    It’s nice to know that you are an Independent (one who doesn’t belong to a particular political party) like me.

    1. It is, indeed, my Independent Brother.

  150. I read every word with appreciation and delight…especially, ” He has touched waves frozen in their curl.” Thank you, Kurt.

    It will be good to meet you in the spaces between the words at Spirituality Without Borders. Thanks for the follow.

    1. It makes me happy to know my words are both appreciated and stirring delight, rita kowats. Thank you for taking the time to read them and then for leaving me with such wonderful and pleasing words of your own. It means a lot to me.

  151. @kurt Since you and I share an interest for Japanese culture, you should read my primary blog’s post about Japanese women.

    1. Awesome, I’ll do that then…

  152. Thanks for the follow, I see that I can learn a lot from your writing. Look forward to reading your writings.

    1. And I look forward to learning from yours, as well, lucinda408. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Welcome, my friend.

  153. Now THAT is how to do a bio, Kurt! 😀
    I can’t wait to read more….

    1. Daven, thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Welcome, my friend.

  154. I love your style. Kurt. Thanks for stopping by Cancer Hits the Streets.

    1. It’s so kind of you to say so, cynryan. And thank you for stopping by and checking things out a bit. I really appreciate it.

  155. Ah – I know so much about you now I feel it could be my specialist subject on Mastermind! (UK brainiac TV show). thanks for following my blog and really good luck with the writing!

    Soph x

    Please vote for Sophie, She Wrote in the UK Blog Awards 2015 http://sophieshewrote.com/2014/11/10/ukblogawards/

    1. Awesome. I don’t know if you’ve visited my Frequently Angry Questions page but this is now the gold standard for how one should leave a proper “thanks for following” comment. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and for leaving such a killer comment, Sophie. You can bet I will vote for you in the UK Blog Awards thingy.

      Originality is so…awesome

  156. Well, obviously I haven’t visited your FAQ page, or I would have put this response to your visit in the right orifice. Sorry! Actually, I’m not sorry, I’m a curmudgeon. So, I appreciate you took the time to visit my writing studio, and that — for some reason — you felt inclined to follow my work.

    My dad served in the South Pacific in the Navy during WWII on an attack transport. He wrote about his experience in “Attack Transport,” which he updated in “Gemini Ship.” So, we’re 2 degree linked there — plus I LOVED Roger Staubach when he played for Navy (and Dallas, too — but then they became America’s team and I didn’t have a vote).

    So thank you, Kurt. I’ll mark your site to come back and read when I’m not writing.

    — Skip

    1. This is great. I’m not exactly sure about all that’s going on but that’s okay because I liked to be left a bit unwary from what I read. Tell your hero father that I am so grateful for his service. And I too loved Roger the Doger, though, to be honest, I don’t remember his Academy playing days…a bit before my time. But he was the greatest with the ‘Boys.

      I”m so happy you had a brief moment to visit with me here, Skip. Thank you for that. I look forward to your next visit. ~ Kurt

  157. Thanks for the follow!

  158. Thanks so much for following my blog!!! I will definitely begin reading your posts when I myself slow down in order to take time to smell the roses! I am grateful we have discovered each others blog!! Wishing you all the inspiration from the ‘writers gods’!

    1. Thank you for such kind wishes. I wish/pray for exactly the same thing when I wake every morning. 🙂 Welcome, matinee11.

  159. An amazing About page, Kurt. Fascinating stuff. I note that, like many writers, you prefer to write things down than say them. I’m with you on that one. Thank you for the follow, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy following yours. Happy writing.

    1. Hello, milliethorn. Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look around. And I really appreciate your kind comment. It sounds like we have some commonalities as writers. Looking forward to visiting with you often. Happy writing to you, as well, my new friend.

  160. Hi Kurt – that is quite an “About” page – you have experienced life to the fullest and continue to do so; you know what you like and don’t like, and you know how to verbalize it all. What’s not to like about a guy liky you? 🙂 Thanks so much for following Beauty Along the Road.

    1. Hi, Beauty Along the Road. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look around a bit. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comment. I’m looking forward to visiting with you often. 🙂

  161. Hello Kurt, thank you very much for following my blog. I’m kind of new to the blogging world and I greatly appreciate followers. This was such a poetic bio. The line that stands out the most in my mind is that every american or immigrant who wishes to become one should be required to travel across the US. I wish that were true because I would love to do that. One of my favorite places I traveled to and love the natural beauty was Lake Superior’s coast in Wisconsin, my home state. I could go on about that camping trip. I have just seen your bio and cannot wait to sift through your other content and read what you have to say.

    -Emily

    1. Ah, Emily, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment with the lovely reflection on your home state. From one Lake State homie to another,…Welcome, my friend. I look forward to your many returns just as I look forward to visiting with you often at your site.

  162. Wow. So many things remind me of me. I feel like I could have written some of the stuff here.
    It is good to hear from others who share my outlook. I will take issue with the idea that it is abnormal or unreasonable to focus on the negative in life.
    Someone once said that “Life is pain. Happiness is just those brief moments when the pain is suppressed”. If you think about it; most of our life is spent longing for; planning for; wishing for things; people; places we want. The time we get to actually enjoy those things is relatively brief. Then, once we have the longed for thing; something else takes our fancy and there we are again; longing for another difficult to obtain goal; convinced that satisfaction is sure to await our acquisition of this latest thing.
    It is the human condition.
    It seems that humans fail to accept the idea that there is anything that they should not have if they want it.
    Some would say that this is because we were originally perfect and there was no limit to our reach and that we are forever frustrated by our current imperfection and the limitations it places upon us.
    Others would certainly disagree and put it down to a scientific anomaly.
    Take your choice. I’m easy.
    Welcome to AMS.

    1. My, we certainly appear to be kindred spirits.What a great introduction, AMS. Yeah, Life’s ever-present angst sure does keep us on our hopeful toes, doesn’t it. Welcome my angry friend. I have a feeling you just might spice things up a bit around here. At least I hope you will.

      1. Oh, and I am so jealous of that top hat, sir. You win for best gravatar photo, hands down.

  163. Thanks. I love it too. I just wanted to stop back because….well….you mentioned that you are a….(GULP)…Cleveland fan.

    I don’t really know what to say. I feel you. They say they can cure that now you know.
    I have never suffered such an affliction although I do carry a second team affinity for the Steelers. Not so bad except that my First Team is the Baltimore Ravens.

    I’ve tried to give up the Steelers but I was living in PA when the Steelers were winning four out of five Super-bowls and three in a row back in the seventies.

    Ok, so now I have calmed you with assurances that I understand and I have exposed my own vulnerability along the same lines soooo.. you should be feeling quite warm and fuzzy about now. I think we can now discuss this problem of yours. Cleveland huh? CLEVELAND? Hmh! Cleveland…..Browns huh?
    Look man. There is no easy way to say this. Come on over to the Black and Purple. Right down the road. Winning team. Attractive uniforms. Cool numbers. And…..AND… they’ve actually been within sniffing distance of a Superbowl…………………actually they have won two.

    No?
    Ok. Picture this. Still Buckeye. Not far from “that” city. Tiger motif. Again. Winning team. Attractive uniforms and helmets. Huh?
    Come on. Tiger; you know. Rooaaaar!!! Fierce; cunning.

    Well; I’m all out of ideas. How did you ever manage to wind up a “B–B–Bro–; I just can’t say it; a fan of theirs? Did dey’ drug you, Kid? Did dey’ beat you wid’ a rubbah’ hose? Did they threaten your Muthah’? Oh Man. I just can’t think about it…………

    1. Brain-washed from birth, I guess. Born and raised Brown and it will not wash off. You know, if it were any other team except the baltimorons raisins, I probably could get behind them comfortably as a #2. But I just cannot do it with them…with the Modells. Ugh. But it is nice to be saying all this as my Brownies sit precariously at the #1 spot in their division. Odd feeling.

      Back in the day, the squealers were always the devil’s team. But these days I have a begrudging respect for them and reserve all my vile for the raisins. And purple has always been my least favorite color. 🙂

  164. Hi there,
    Thanks for following my blog, I appreciate it.
    Bex

  165. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my new blog and deciding to follow me! As you may have surmised, I am pretty blog-illiterate, but as a writer, I figured I ought to do what people in the 21st century are doing and acquire some new skills. It is a bonus that I am encountering cool (possibly even like-minded — do I dare fathom it?) people like you who seem to know the ropes! I look forward to navigating your site some more and reading more of your writing.

    Cheers!

    Steph

    1. Welcome, Steph. And as I am an old salt of a sailor who has come to know his ropes through both task and tale, please let me know if I can be of any assistance as you navigate your way around my site.

      And I do dare fathom that the depths or your nautical references in your wonderful intro could put wind in the most slack of a suffering sail.

      Welcome aboard, mate. 🙂

  166. Wow…what a fascinating blog!! I have been reading through different topics and enjoy the diversity of it! I am a little behind on my thank yous but thank you for the follow on my blog and I am really looking forward to reading through more of yours!! Tina

    1. Ah, how kind of you, Tina. Thank you so much for visiting and especially for taking the time to leave me with such a pleasant comment. It really means a lot to me.

  167. Excellent About page. If only other bloggers would see the value of a great About page and this is right up there with the best of the best.

    Thanks for the follow, btw. Enjoyed the visit, will be following you in about 15 seconds.

    1. Thank you, kind sir. This About page didn’t come easy but it is very special to me, that’s for sure. I really appreciate your kind words, Slo-man. Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to our future visits, both here and at your domain.

  168. I just loved reading your about page. Thanks for the follow & giving me a chance to visit this amazing blog. Looking forward to explore more.

    1. Wow, that is just great, Priyanki. I am so happy you enjoyed it. And I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. It means so much to me. Thank you.

  169. Hi there! Thanks for the follow on my blog! I look forward to looking through your blog. 🙂

  170. Thanks for stopping by enjoy the retirement. You have earned it.

  171. You’ve been featured on TOWWIOW’s blog for Thank You Tuesday http://goo.gl/zg45lh CTA: Like, share and follow on my social media pages || Google+ http://goo.gl/akxoZY || http://www.fb.com/towwiow || http://www.twitter.com/towwiow ||

    1. Hey, thanks. But, um…about that “award” in that “Award Winning Author” claim…you might want to follow the asterisk.

      Thanks again, drjones890 🙂

  172. So many thoughts came to mind while reading this, but the last thought that came when I was done reading was: wow. It sums it up. What an interesting life you have led. I find I am like you in many ways that you describe here. My husband was in the Navy too, so I was automatically interested. Anyway, thanks for the follow. Looking forward to reading more.

    1. Well then, if the husband was in the Navy, then so were you. Welcome aboard, shipmate. 🙂 Thank you for the kind and interesting comment. I really appreciate it.

  173. Want to thank you for your visit to my blog yesterday, and for following. I hope to explore your site more soon.

  174. This is a great “about” page.. Well done!

    1. And this is a great comment. Thank you, Lindsay! 🙂

  175. What a fascinating bio, Kurt. Thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog, as you are a writer you might enjoy my website too. SD
    http://www.sandradanby.com/

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, sandradan1. I really appreciate you stopping by and checking things out a bit. Your website looks great, btw. Best of luck to you.

  176. Hey Kurt, thanks for deciding to follow my blog. After reading some of yours, I’m going to follows yours too. I look forward to reading more of your posts and hope you enjoy reading mine.

  177. The chords of J Cash “…I’ve been everywhere man ! ” keep twanging away 🙂

    1. Ha ha…too cool. Thanks for that, gregg. Welcome.

  178. Hi! Thank you for following Indifferent Ignorance. 🙂

  179. What an incredible life you’ve lived! I’m more than a little jealous, except for maybe the whole leukemia and its aftermath. I have my own cancer, thanks:)

    1. Oh my. I’m so sorry to hear that you have cancer, Imarieallen. A prayer has been sent your way. The good thing is that I can really feel strength and positivity in your voice, which will go a long way in overcoming just about anything…as I suspect you may already know. Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and for taking the time to leave such an awesome comment. 🙂

  180. Thanks for the follow 🙂

  181. I enjoyed reading this about page. Also, thanks for following!

  182. You have travelled, you have seen, you have learned, you have lived. Keep going forward and sharing. You still have to see my neck of the woods. Until then, thanks for joining my band of followers as I explore my corner of our world.

    1. Awesome. Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and leaving such a poetic “Hello.” I really appreciate it, Catherine. And heading to your neck of the woods pronto to hang out with all your other band of followers for a bit. 🙂

  183. You hold a lot and you share of it. Thank you. Glad you stopped by Mystic Strings Books. Happy to be part of your universe now.

    1. Hey, thank you so much, elizabeth. I really appreciate you checking things out taking the time to drop me such a nice note. 🙂

  184. Hi Kurt. Loved your life story! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for following. I don’t post as often as I intend to (once a week), but do what I can with my other commitments! Am looking forward to reading your blog too.

    1. Hey, thanks so much for stopping by and checking things out, Veronica. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me such a nice comment.

  185. Wow, nice bio – there’s a book in all that… 😉
    Thanks for the follow over at my little corner, and I will now reciprocate in kind, once done typing into this little box.
    All the best!

    1. Hey, thank you, AsGrayAsGray. It is very kind of you to stop by, check things out a bit, and leave such a kind comment. It means a lot to me.

  186. Well, I will say it like I mean it, I mean, this is quite an “About” and I confess I did not read every single word. But I read a whole lot of them, and I liked them. Something about your description of your children’s births was moving. I suspect there’s much to see here, so I’m off!

    1. Thank you, bluebrightly, for stopping by and checking out some of my words. 🙂

  187. Thank you for following my blog! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  188. Thank you Kurt Brindley. Your About section was delightful to read. I liked the third person style and humor. The sketches I’ve glimpsed on the site look awesome. I look forward to exploring the site and blog updates I receive in mail. Thank you for following my blog, LifeObservations.org. All the best to you.

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the read. I really appreciate you stopping by and checking things out a bit. Thank you, ashenpancham.

  189. Thanks for TuneIn. I was looking for this. You may well enjoy Jango.com (http://www.jango.com/ ). It has given me many hours of joy. Be sure to explore the wide variety of Music genres and associated radio stations.

    1. Hey, cool. I’ll def check it out. Thank you. 🙂

  190. Without a doubt, one of the best “About” pages It has been my pleasure to read. Kudos. I didn’t have to think twice about hitting the follow button, and I assure you I will be back this way once I take care of some other obligations, and finish up the e-mail I’m working my way through. See you later, and thanks for the visit.

    1. That’s awesome, dbp49. I’m so happy you like it. I’m especially happy that you took the time to leave me such a nice comment. I really appreciate it. I visited Vancouver many years ago and I must say, it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen…and I’ve seen quite a few. 🙂

  191. Very touching “About.” I, too, owe my life to another–a woman who gave me a kidney (a former co-worker!) Congrats on your novel and thanks for following me. My writing blog is liv2write2day.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment, Victoria. I really appreciate it. And praise and blessings be to the donors.

  192. Thanks for the follow!
    “acting for ugly people” Sir, I love you. 😉

  193. kURT, AHOY THERE., HAPPY TO READ THAT YOU’RE FOLLOWING MY BLOG, AND WILL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR WORK.

  194. Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

  195. Thanks for following Envisioning the American Dream- I look forward to reading your posts

  196. What a great bio! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the follow. I can’t wait to read your other posts.

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, asarmstrong2013. I really appreciate you stopping by to check things out a bit and then taking the time to leave such a nice comment. It means a lot to me.

  197. I pride myself on not falling for stuff/things/people. But I clicked on the 1. Of course. And then defiantly unclicked. On principle.

    (For tonight, anyhoo.)

    Thanks for the follow. I’ll backatcha when my pride allows. (Tomorrow.)

    1. I had to read through that a couple of times before I understood it. And when I did I lol’d. I’m sure it’s happened before…but you’re the first to admit it publicly. Thanks for the laugh and I’ll see ya tomorrow. 🙂

      1. Admittedly, tomorrow wasn’t far away when I posted that. You have a good brain : )

  198. Great bio Kurt! You’ve had an adventure or two in your time I see 🙂
    Thanks so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers,
    Alison

  199. Thank you to follow my blog and like my poetry. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  200. Well Kurt, I’m not sure where to start. I got dizzy just trying to get to the comment form, LOL! You are one creative soul that’s for sure. I have enjoyed nosing around your space, love your haiku and that you stick to the format intended, 5-7-5. Drives me crazy that so many have altered it. I am a purest when it comes to haiku. (: Your photography and your treatments to some of it, is beautiful. Love the cosmos! Anywho, thanks for the follow of my blog. We definitely have similar interests. Have a joyful holiday season. Cheers, Margie

    1. Margie. I’m so appreciative of your determination in making that dizzying decent downward to the comment form; and I’m even more appreciative of the wonderful note you left for me once you arrived there. Thank you so much for stopping by to check things out a bit and for putting a smile on my face and some joy into my holiday season. I wish you and yours such joy and wonderment and a lot of Santa Claus lovin’ this season of the holy day. 🙂

      5/7/5 Forever…

  201. Thanks for following my blog on Japan! I’m a native Ohioan (Cleveland!), too. Looking forward to reading your blog.

    1. Awesome, homie! Arigato!

      Go Browns!

  202. You’re very interesting. For a bit, I was wondering if you were the guy in those Dos Equis commercials. You certainly have my attention.

    By the way, thanks for taking a look at the Hammer Home Street Photography Project.

    1. Ha ha…never been accused of that before but thanks, that dude is interestingly awesome. Love that campaign. I appreciate you stopping by to check things out a bit, themofman, and especially for leaving such a kind and cool comment. Stay thirsty, my friend.

  203. Well sir, I am honored that you are now following my blog. Thank you! As an army wife of 20 years, I can identify with you on many issues. We’ve always enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends. My husband and I are both writers as well. I’m looking forward to discovering more about you and your interesting life in the future! Blessings,

    1. Hello Ellie and Hooah! Thank you to both you and your husband for keeping us safe and free and allowing me to be as ridiculous as I can be without having to worry about being executed for spreading “corruption upon Earth” as I just finished reading an Iranian facebooker is being executed for… What a silly little planet we have.

      Anyway…thank you for visiting and taking the time for leaving me such a friendly comment.

      Go Army!

  204. Hello Kurt,

    Thank you so much for following my blog and really feels nice to find you here 🙂

    This is one of the most detailed and frank “about” page I had seen here and thank you so much for sharing…

    Hope to follow many more adventures …

    Have a great time 🙂

    1. Hi Sreejith. Thank you for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and leaving the nice comment. I really appreciate it.

  205. Thanks for following my posts. Look forward to finding out more about you and your work.

  206. Hey! Thanks for following my blog. Your travels seem very interesting. I look forward to read your posts.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sheetal. Welcome to the show.

  207. Thank you very much for your service. You’ve had an interesting life so far, I’ll have to make sure to follow what happens next!

  208. Best About page ever. Hands down. Also, I took three years of Japanese. Sooooooo harrrrrddddd!

    1. Soooooo desu, ne. Nihongo wa sugoku taihen desu. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a kind and humorous comment, Shelly-san. Domo alligators! 🙂

  209. I think your bio wins, actually. 😉 I’m so happy I came across you! And I’m so happy you spawned the most creative kids in the universe. 😛 You must be one proud papa.

    1. Yes, proud papa, for sure. Thank you for your kind words, Jami. I really enjoy your writing style and voice. I’ll be checking your site out often.

  210. So glad you stumbled across one of my blogs. I wouldn’t have been able to follow you back to yours then! This is about the most entertaining and heartfelt About page I’ve read in a long time. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tony. I really appreciate you stopping by to check things out a bit and leaving such a kind comment.

  211. Glad you follow my blog – http://YourWellWisherProgram.wordpress.com
    Your Well Wisher Program is No NGO setup, No big costs, No team formed, No copyright protected, No solution patented, individual effort in an – Attempt to solve commonly known problems.

  212. Thanks for the visit and like my post Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Buildings. best wishes and prayers

  213. Wonderful bio — and I will remember and quote politics=acting for ugly people for a long time. lol Mahalo for following my blog. Christi

    1. Ha ha…that’s great, Christi. Thank you for stopping by to check things out a bit, and especially for leaving such a kind, and funny, comment.

  214. Beautiful. Loved reading this. Thank you.

    1. That is so kind of you to say so, aileen. Thank you very much for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate it.

  215. Thanks for the follow, which introduced me to your blog. Love your ‘About’; very funny.

    1. That’s great, Su. So happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

  216. One of the best bios I’ve read. Love your blog and can’t wait to sink my mind into some more of your posts. And thank you for the follow!!!!!

    1. Oh wow, jennjenn388. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Quite inspiring and greatly appreciated.

  217. Thanks for the follow, Kurt. Wow, what a life you’ve led. Gives me inspiration to take more chances with my life.

    Best wishes,
    Chris

    1. I appreciate you stopping by and checking things out a bit, Chris. Yes, it’s been quite a ride…and I’m barely half-way there. Just think…the best is yet before me, before us all. 🙂

  218. Having lived in Canada with a home on Lake Huron I too have touched the curl of frozen waves and even walked under them! Thank for following my blog!

    1. Welcome, my sister in Wave Curl Touching and Original Thinking appreciation.

  219. Hi Kurt, very cool & entertaining bio – I really enjoyed reading it and hearing about your life adventures 🙂 Thanks for following me. Looking forward to seeing more of your updates!

    1. Thank you very much, Johanna. I really appreciate it.

  220. Hi Kurt. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

  221. Hi Kurt,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow. Great bio! Now I need to check out your blog posts. All the best to you!
    M.

    1. And all the best to you, M. Sullivan Photography.

  222. Thanks for drop by and follow my blog. I’m appreciate it. Good day to you.

  223. Back again; thanks for following ZimmerBitch too 🙂

    1. Welcome back, my friend.

  224. Hello Kurt, very interesting about page! Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow it. I will be back to visit yours. Cheers.

    1. Thank you, frenchapple10. Cheers.

  225. Thanks for the follow! Fantastically written biography

    1. Thank you, indigowrites96.

  226. Thanks so much for reading and following my blog. I look forward to exploring your blog and your writing. Happy holidays!

    1. Happy Holidays to you, too, Amy. Thank you.

  227. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following along.

    This might make you a little homesick for Lake Erie:

    1. Pretty cool. Thank you for sharing that, M.T. Bass.

  228. Hi Kurt, nice to meet you! Thank you for following my blog.

  229. Thank you for such a delightful “about” page! Thank you also for choosing to follow Virtual Vitamins. May the words I write be refreshing and encouraging to you, as I’m sure yours are to many.

    1. Thank you for such a kind comment, jgarrot. I really appreciate it.

  230. David Sedaris is one if my favorites, too. It’s been several years since I read any of his books, but I still crack up when I think of some of his stories. Switching topics, reading about your bone marrow donor choked me up. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your service to our country!

  231. Thanks for the follow!
    Do come around more often and let me know what you think!
    See you soon,
    https://dancingtotherain.wordpress.com/

  232. Hey, thank you for your follow. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  233. Wow Kurt, what an about page. It’s the story of all stories; filled with fun, family adventure, wonder and more. Definitely entertaining and nice to find a very personal welcome to your life. Thanks for the follow. You have so much to explore here!
    Happy Holidays! Brad

    1. Thank you for the very kind comment, Brad. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave it for me. And Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well.

      1. You’re welcome Kurt. 🙂

  234. Thank you for following The Daily Scrap ~ All the best to you!

  235. I like it and I mean it! 😉
    This is a most enjoyable bio – can’t help but like you.
    Thanks for the follow, bro.

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Gloryteller.

  236. Thanks for following Nutsrok

  237. Loved learning about you here. Thanks for checking out my page!

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Lyndi.

  238. A great About page. 🙂
    Thank you so much for the follow.
    cate b

  239. I enjoyed reading your bio. Different and entertaining. Thank you for following my blog.

    1. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it, VaSanganyado. Thank you for taking the time to check things out a bit.

  240. Thanks for the follow, having a poke around now having enjoyed this page first… there may be more enjoying going on it seems.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ian. Thank you.

  241. Perhaps the best About page ever.

    1. Thank you so much, Jill. That means a lot to me.

  242. Great bio. I envy the xenophiliac music list, mine is more hidebound. And I agree that it’s more efficient to write (draw) than to speak especially when beer is involved; not that stops any of us. I’ve never heard politics better described.
    Also that there is more than us and this. But who can know if that is better and does knowing really matter? As it sometimes feels like we just here to avoid assholes, help those who are not (assholes or good at avoiding them) and chronicle our adventures if we have the time, talent and inclination. But mostly that seems good enough to keep on going on. So…
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the following. May I ask why?

    1. I’ve received more than a few comments on this about page and this is definitely among the most interesting. Thank you for that. As for why did I follow you, probably because I hadn’t before (see my FAQ (Frequently Angry Questions)), but after just now checking out your blog, it would be one I would gladly follow regardless. Write/Draw on, my friend!

  243. Hi Kurt, I’m happy that you are following my blog. There’s something there, especially if you have been to the East, experienced Buddhist culture and wondered what is going on ‘under the hood’. I use my writing to demystify the Buddha’s teaching. There’s lots of good stuff coming up, so stay tuned!

  244. Thanks for following my blog.

    cheers.

  245. Hi Kurt! And nice to meet you.

    I love your “About”, but it’s really not long enough. Please expand.

    Regarding your height: me too.

    But hey:

    “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

  246. Thank you, Kurt, for reading my latest novel. I hope you like it… Mick Dawson

  247. Hi Kurt, Thank you for reading and liking one of my poems today and then following my blog. It brought me here, and I must say that your ‘About’ page is one of the most amusing and captivating that I’ve read. I look forward to exploring your blog further. ~Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays~ Mary

    1. Thank you, Mary. I’m happy you enjoyed it and I really appreciate you saying so. And thank you for the kind wishes. I too wish the best to you and yours during this season of holidays.

  248. I enjoyed this fun, quirky version of yourself;)

    1. That’s great, angelicadarkness70. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and check things out a bit.

  249. Hello Kurt! Just found your blog and decided to follow. Visit me if you’d like over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com to return the favor. Have a good one!

    1. Quite the unique way to introduce yourself, I must say. But, hey, I’m all about unique…

  250. Best “About” I ever read…well done sir.

    1. Thank you very much, sir. And thank you for stopping by and taking the time to check things out a bit, Alan. I appreciate it.

  251. Your bio is BIG. It is one of the most heart warming that I’ve read.

    1. I’m so happy you think so, kcinaz. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

  252. Thank you for liking my poetry on WordMusic. I really appreciate it.

    Brent Kincaid

  253. wow…great bio, makes me want to rewrite mine! thanks for following!

  254. Thanks for the follow Kurt, I appreciate it.

  255. I’m stating the obvious, but even so, let me join the crowd and say: best ‘about’ I have ever read. I can’t wait to read the rest of your writings. Thank you for the follow; I get especially excited when people of wide interests and opinions follow my blog. Hope it’s worth your while. I am most definitely returning the favour.

    1. Thank you for your very kind comment, feverdreams (nice handle).

  256. Thank you for following my blog. Look forward to sharing more with you. xoxo Anais

  257. Hi Kurt, thanks for he follow.

  258. Thanks Kurt for following Tubularsock.

  259. I like your “About” and your page design. Looking forward to more

    1. Thank you, SonFlower. The feedback is much appreciated.

  260. Kurt, cheers for following my blog. Brilliant bio; enjoyed reading it, as well as exploring other areas of your site. Write on!

    1. Write on, indeed, my sister of survival. Thank you for your kind comment.

  261. Dear Kurt, I’m happy that you are following the Sacred Self blog. I enjoyed reading your bio. Two things immediately struck me. You are living in my old home state – I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburg – what a wonderfully beautiful area. And, you had leukemia. My older son did also but did not find the right donor in time. What a unique and precious blessing is this thing called life. Best wishes to you and your family. Marie 🙂

    1. Thank you for visiting, sharing, and allowing me to draw from your wisdom and strength, Marie. Peace and blessings to you and yours, as well.

  262. Thanks for helping me find your blog, Kurt… Entertainment and inspiration in one stop. Your honesty, humor, and great outlook is a welcome gift. I look forward to following. Jeff

  263. Kurt, great to meet you and get to know you through your blog. You appear to have a deep appreciation for your experiences and travels…it’s quite likely you were Japanese in a previous life and that explains your affinity for the Japanese culture. Happy New Year from Canada…may you continue to enjoy many of life’s blessings…and thank you for visiting and following my blog.

  264. Hey Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow on my blog! I feel honoured 😉
    What a creative bio you wrote here!
    I will gladly read more of your stories and outlook on life.

  265. Although this is a bit late, thank you for Following the CCE blog….keep expressing yourself and sharing with the world….Wishing you Light and Inspiration along your Journey….

  266. Many thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it enough to follow! 🙂

  267. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. May The Lord Jesus Christ guide you and keep you in His will and ways. May God bless you richly through my blog.

  268. Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our passions, hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to discover and follow your heart. Make time for the people, work, and causes you truly care about. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

  269. HAHAHA! I love your about page! So witty; THIS is talented writing. I thought my mountain views were spectacular, but I wouldn’t mind a trade. 😉 Glad to have found this “happy place” and will be by often I’m sure. Thanks for the follow.

  270. What a clever bio! It was a nice read… and your love for your family and life just shines through. 🙂 Am grateful to you for following my site! 🙂

  271. Hello there (: Thank you for dropping by blog and following me. It’s always good to hear from a fellow writer (Loved your “Pro” Tips). I’ll be sure to check out your books too! Keep in touch.

    P.S Happy holidays.

  272. Hi, Kurt!

    First of all, thank you for following my own humble blog; I am flattered.

    Secondly, I am an instantaneous fan of yours, simply on the basis of your “About” page. I know you are a good writer because I immediately envy the way in which you express yourself with both sincerity and humor. That’s my yardstick: if I wish I had written it, you MUST be good! LOL

    All sincere best wishes for your continuing growth and success on this blog and in your life,

    Jay Pochapin

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jay.

  273. Hi, Thanks so much for following my blog. You have got loads of stuff on here, and I look forward to looking through it. 🙂

  274. Hi Kurt, what an amazing life you’re having! Thank you for the follow, I hope you find something of interest there 🙂

  275. What a greatly amusing biography! =) Thank you so much for sharing all of this, as well as for following my movie-review blog, Projected Realities! I greatly appreciate you for it and wish you and yours God’s blessings in the year to come! =)

    1. Thank you for such kind comments and wonderful blessings. May God provide for you in abundance.

      1. You’re welcome, and thanks so much! =D

  276. Wow- many “about” pages make me not want to read the site any further- this is quite the opposite. You’ve clearly been around the block my friend. I will definitely be stopping by here often.

    Happy New Year! (and thanks for following my site)

    1. Thank you for such a kind comment, Brometheus. I really appreciate. I wish for you a fantastic 2015…and thereafter.

  277. What an inspiring life you’ve had dear! Loved the part on your kids, and that you were able to deliver Nb 3 🙂 Thanks for following my little blog and hence driving me to yours. Happy New year to you and yours,looking forward to reading more from you! Cheers 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and well wishes, estelea. They are very much appreciated. Yeah, having delivered my youngest gives me bragging rights of which I am now proud and reflect upon with fondness; however, it was pretty scary at the time. Have a wonderfully happy and prosperous 2015.

      1. Hehehe, I can imagine 😉 thanks for the very kind wishes, see you here or there 🙂

  278. Best bio on the web, without a doubt. Want to write mine for me? 😉 Thanks for following my blog. Now I’m following yours and want to read more of your work. Happy New Year, Kurt!

    1. Thank you for your very kind comment, cindydyer. I really appreciate it. And Happy New Year to you, as well. Gonna be a good one!

  279. I loved Japan, eating with chopsticks, and going to various ports while stationed on the USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Lassen, Homeport Yokosuka. I was in Japan from 2002-2009. I want to go back so bad yet I don’t really miss the Navy. I also felt that god saved me from a horrible illness. Cool bio, and I feel like we have some things in common.

    1. Many thanks, shipmate. Yes, I, also, yearn to return to Japan. It’s been far too long.

  280. Thanks for the follow Kurt. I know you’ve gotten a ton of kudos regarding your bio, but I have to add mine. What a fascinating life you’ve had, and you are truly a survivor! I’m going to stop whining about my problems. I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog 🙂

    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me with such a nice comment, BHOBB (cool handle). I really do appreciate it. And as for that whining…life is all very much relative to the one living it. Besides, we all know it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the good stuff…

  281. One of the most creative blogs I have seen in a long time. I love this page. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Regards, Catherine

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Catherine. I really appreciate it and I’m so happy you find the page enjoyable.

  282. Thanks so much for the follow, Kurt! I love your site!

  283. Kurt, thank you so much following my blog. I have not yet compiled my “about” – haren’t yet come up with a format that fits me, a “work in progress.” Your list of descriptors is the standard that I hope to reach at some point – kudos! Looking forward to reading more of your work.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, cindygurmann. My about page has been a long, slow evolution…as have I. Good luck in choosing your format. I’m happy to hear you’re taking care in that process as the about page is typically the pathway to and first impression of your site.

      1. What could be more apropos than your posting of “The Poem of Me” yesterday? I have already gone through so much
        “evolution” and am hopeful to continue this process- but you are correct- I need to show prospective readers at least a hint of who I am at the moment- thanks for your encouragement.

  284. Hi Kurt, thanks for following my blog. Yours is very interesting and it sounds like you’ve seen some very cool things. Good blogging in 2015!

    1. Thank you, Daniel. May your blogging wishes come true this year.

  285. Welcome aboard, Kurt, good to have you along.
    Wonderful reading here; you don’t look 186 years old … how did you fit it all in 😉
    All the best for 2015.
    Miles and Pippa

    1. Yeah, for a while there I sure did feel like I was 186. Thank you, Miles and Pippa, for stopping by and checking things out a bit. And I really appreciate your kind, humorous comment..

  286. Wow, great bio, great blog! I am looking forward to spending some more time exploring your site. Thank you for the follow on my newbie blog. I have so much to learn about it all. I shall peruse every corner of your blog and learn what makes it all work.

    1. Thank you for you kind comment and very encouraging enthusiasm. If you discover anything at all about how things work around here, please let know because I don’t have a clue. 🙂

  287. Hey, Kurt – Thanks for following JazzCookie and I really mean it. Loved reading about you and I can see that I’ll have a good time browsing your blog. I smiled at the page titled Art? I’ve just returned to visual art after many years away and find myself producing just that – Art? But question marks have never stopped me. Stay tuned…new post coming on JazzCookie later today. Molly aka JazzCookie

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Molly aka JazzCookie (cool handle). Art on!

  288. Thanks for following my blog.

  289. Thanks Kurt for the follow…nice to know someone is out there reading my blog. I liked your bio, you sure have lived your life to the fullest….blessings to you Louise.

    1. Thank you for your kind blessings, Louise. I really appreciate it. And may you also receive the blessings for which your kindness deserves.

  290. Thanks for following my blog, Kurt! Looking forward to reading your posts!

  291. Kurt, thanks so much for visiting my site and choosing to follow along.

  292. Thanks for the ‘Follow’!!! 😀

  293. Thanks for stopping by and now following my blog.
    I love airplanes, so when it came time to enter the military my choice was Navy or Air Force and I remembered that no one ever sank an Air Force Base. After my tours (20 years and 10 days, retired TSgt) I went from job to job and am now retired. My youngest brother is a retired CWO2 in the USMC.
    I hope that I inspire some thoughts from my rants and I welcome discussion (not that I get that much). Your entries may not be intentionally designed to inspire thoughts but they do. Keep up the work and may God Bless.

    1. Thank you for you kind comment and your honorable service, my Zoomie friend.

  294. I’m… staggered. Your Guardian angels have been working overtime – You survived some scary S—. You’ve done so much and a writer to boot!
    I’m an aging boomer -62- Re. Music – I could do without Marilyn Manson, but I can hang with most music except vulgar Rap. Try out an old LP “Lives in the Balance” by Jackson Browne sometime.
    CCR, the James Gang, Moody Blues, Def Leppard, Dan Fogelberg, [RIP] Jethro Tull, Eagles, ELO and Styx are among my artists of choice.
    My Yea’s are my Yea’s and my Nay’s are my Nays. Not negotiable. [check out partneringwitheagles http://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/posts/blog-profile/%5DThanks for the follow; I had to un-follow some of the many blogs I like because my inbox started to be a Tsunami. Take care, “X”

    1. I’ve never been able to grasp JB like you and so many others have; though he wouldn’t drive me out of a room if played. Of course his song from Fast Times At Ridgemont High is iconic and enduring. All your other favorites are also mine. Thank you for your very kind comments, PWE. I truly do appreciate it.

  295. Hmmm the %5D should NOT be there.

  296. Thanks for stopping by and following my podcast/blog ‘The Strengths Revolution’, but a particular thanks for your inspiring writing.

    1. You kind comment is very much appreciated, JUNO’S VIEW.

  297. Thank you so much for following my blog! I like your spirit and admire your life experience. Thank you for your service.

    1. Thank you, slswildflowermom. It was my pleasure and honor to serve.

  298. All I can say is wow. God has given you a tremendous amount of experience! It’s amazing that He somehow managed to fit it all into one life! Thank you for stopping by my blog and following!

  299. Hi Kurt, your life is amazing, it is inspiring me a lot, to be stronger and to strive living forward. Thank you so much for sharing and giving us a piece about yours. By the way, thanks to stopping by at TSeiha.

    1. The pleasure is all mine, TSeiha. And thank you for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and taking the time to leave me such a kind comment. I really appreciate it.

  300. Hi Kurt, I’m delighted by your creativity and something about all you’ve shared here in your about page has made me smile from a very deep place. Thank you for sharing what is authentic. I’m looking forward to exploring your posts, and to connecting out there on the path we call life, even if this is the e-version!

    Thanks for the follow as well.

    Best wishes!

    Amanda Iosa

    1. Well, if what you have read here has triggered a smile then mission accomplished. Thank you, Amanda, for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and taking the time to leave me such a kind comment. I really appreciate it very much. Here’s to e-connecting! And best wishes to you, as well, my friend.

  301. Hi Kurt, thanks for sharing your insightful, humorous and very human life story with us. I look forward to exploring and possibly contributing to your blog.

    1. Hello, whisperingsbyjkl. The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and taking the time to leave me such a kind comment. I really appreciate it.

  302. Thank you for your recent follow. Great to read your interesting About page – nicely crafted, indeed.

    1. Thank you, Ruth. I really appreciate it.

  303. Hi Kurt, You have an amazing blog. No wonder you have so many followers. Keep up the great job.

    1. Thank you, curiosityworthy. I’m happy you think so and really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

  304. Hello fellow former Clevelander. Thank you for your entertaining bio. You sound like a real person living a real life. That is so refreshing. -Amanuensis

    1. Thank you for stopping by, homie. Your kind words are much appreciated. Amanuensis? Name or occupation, I wonder.

      1. Currently, nom de plume and I suppose former occupation. Thanks for catching that. I thought I might have been really obscure.

        1. Google wrought Obscurity’s demise

  305. Thanks for following my blog at NotebookM. Nicely told life story here. Love your logo.

  306. Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow, I hope you enjoy our journey. I know I will enjoy following yours.
    From one Trusty Shellback to another, fair winds and following seas.

    1. Thank you, shipmate. And may the wind and seas be fair to you, as well.

  307. I feel like I know you from reading your biography here. Awesome and quirky and contradictory all rolled into one. Love it. Thanks for following me and my blog.

    1. That’s great.., Ipapsun. Thank you for you kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to say so.

  308. Thank you for following my blog. I am going to check yours out.

  309. Kurt,
    Thanks for reading and following my blog about walking 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago route in Spain. I hope you enjoy reading it in the months to come.
    Looking forward to reading through your blog too…it sure looks like you’ve been busy putting it all together. Best of luck with it.

  310. Wow. I always have a really tough time writing a bio. Now I have to compare any attempt I make to this! You’ve thrown down a heck of a gauntlet here!

    1. Life has provided me ample material to work with, for better or…well, you know. Thank you for your kind comment, slaterswords. I really appreciate it.

  311. Thank you so much for looking at my blog! It means so much to me. I’m a huge fan of your work and I wish you continued success! Thank you again.

    1. So kind. Thank you for taking the time to leave me such an encouraging comment. I really appreciate it, my dreams, my reality…

  312. Hey Kurt!
    I am honored that you are following justkeepingitREAL. It warms my heart to know you will be visiting me.

    Have a great day!
    Rita

    1. I’m honored by your honor, Rita, and very appreciative of your kind comment. And thank you, for I shall have a great day, and I have hope that you will, too.

  313. Wow! I loved your “About” page. I feel like I know you without really knowing you. lol
    Thanks for following me. I definitely would like to read more of your postings. 🙂

    1. I’m happy to hear you enjoy the page, Stacy. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know, and I hope you find additional enjoyment throughout your further perusing.

  314. Kurt, many thanks for your visit and following. it’s a provilege to connect to your blog. loaded and quite an adventure.

    1. The privilege is all mine, akeem54. Thank you for your kind comment. I really appreciate it.

  315. What a great life you’re having. You go! Thanks for joining my fun, too – daily photos from my own closet of true vintage clothing.

    1. Onward go I. Thank you, Morgana.

  316. Kurt,

    What an amazing blog you have! There’s lots of interesting content, and from this thoughtful and thought provoking “about” page, it looks like we have many different interests in common. So glad you thought to spend some time at my page.

    I appreciate the follow and hope to spend some more time here soon…John H.

    1. I appreciate you checking things out a bit and taking the time to leave such a kind and encouraging comment, John. Thank you.

  317. Thank you so much for following my blog

  318. Hi there

    I run a blog called Princezz Pinkz and I am setting out on a mission to collect bloggers stories to enable me to start up another blog about bloggers & there stories.

    Thank you for following my blog – yours is wonderful. I came across your blog and was wondering if you wanted to feature on a new blog that I will be starting once i get enough stories to create the blog. It will be a blog about real bloggers & their stories it’s a similar take on the “humans of” pages but this one will be specifically for bloggers with your permission of course. now you can tell me whatever it is about yourself that you want the world to know I will then edit the story and place it on the blog page with your choice of photo and you have the option of placing your blog on the story so others can follow you. for more details you can simply reply to this or email me at princezzpinkzteam@hotmail.com

    Thank You
    xox Princezz Pinkz

  319. Right on, Kurt. What a life you’re living. Thanks for checking out Traveling Light. I will be keeping an eye on your blog here. Keep it up! 🙂

  320. Thanks so much for your follow of Heart of Life Poetry. The glimpses into your life story given on this About page are fascinating. I wish you much fulfillment in writing, blogging, and life!

    1. Thank you, Sibylle. I really appreciate your kind words.

  321. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet . Its nice to meet you. I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

    1. It’s nice to meet you, too, Tokoni. Thank you for the invite.