I grew up privileged in New York City during the 1960s and 70s. Having spent the first half of the 80s at Wesleyan University, I left the United States in 1985 to travel to remote places and try my hand at all sorts of work. Nearly a decade later, having gotten an M.Phil. and a Ph.D, I settled into being an upper secondary school school teacher of English Literature, History and Philosophy for a score and more years while raising a family. As I climbed the educational career ladder, I found myself moving more and more into both admissions and pastoral counseling for the young people I taught. In 2018, I retired a decade early, qualified in philosophical practice and began working part-time as both an educational and philosophical counselor, whilst pursuing long neglected interests in writing, music and art.