A Little Bit of History

As far back as I can remember I’ve been creative.  I started drawing early on, though I never got very good at it.  I started writing very early, despite the fact that reading was difficult for me initially.  Writing led me to journalism, which is where I fell in love with photography.

Performance was also a major part of my upbringing.  I started in the church choir (which also lead me to atheism, but that’s another blog post) in grade school, then found drama and choir in high school.  And then I found music.

My days playing in local clubs in underground punk rock bands, nights on the street busking with my friend Tim on the downtown streets of Windsor.  These are the times I look back on as my fondest memories.

I’ve been able to go places and meet people thanks to my love of performance and creativity.  Along the way I’ve struggled with personal health and mental health issues.  I’ve built a life with a wonderful woman.  Together we’ve created a family with two beautiful and creative daughters.

Along the way I’ve had failures and successes, both financial and personal.  When I began to try and learn the game of poker on a professional level I was faced with fact that despite my success at learning how to create, I had never really learned how to learn.  How to process new information in a practical way.

I found a way.

My journey along that new line of creativity has led me to dive, albeit shallowly, into mathematical theory, particle and quantum physics, geology and astrophysics, biology and ancient human history, philosophy, technology, ethics and culinary arts.  Yeah, it’s been a strange couple of years.

Throughout this journey (and there’s stuff I missed on that ridiculous list), I keep finding the same thing.  While I’m fascinated by all of the information, the part that interests me the most continues to be the people.  I love conversation with passionate people.  I love new ideas, and new perspectives.

In a world where we are inundated with media telling us how dangerous we are to each other, I think it’s important to remember that fundamentally people are all the same.  Our need to connect with each other is the primary driving force that motivates our actions, even when in the end it tends to push us apart.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to have the magic answer to all of the world’s problems (no matter how much it seems I might want you to believe the opposite).  The most I can do is continue to have conversations with people and see what I can learn about the world along the way.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been doing just that.  Starting tomorrow morning, the culmination of my journey so far, and the beginning of my next one, launches right here.

The AVB Podcast is an hour long conversation between myself an a creative and/or passionate person I’ve met along my journey, and some I’ll meet for the first time right on the podcast.  I’m proud of these conversations.  These are the chats that I love have whenever I meet someone.  We cover all kinds of topics, and hopefully you, the audience, can gain some sort of information, insight or motivation from the people I find so fascinating.

My first guest is Dave Toennies, the lead singer from Border Patrol.  Oh, and there’s a contest that launches tomorrow too, so stay tuned for that.

I hope you give the podcast a listen, an let me know what you think.

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