Friday, January 28, 2005

About Your Host

One of things that many visitors frequently want to know is: Who is this person who writes all this stuff on this blog? While a lot of hosts will only provide you with some cryptic information (that doesn't tell you a whole hell of a lot!), I'll try to satisfy some of your curiosity.

If you'd like to email me, for whatever reason, click here.

If you DON'T want to read all this, then simply go to my Blogger Profile.

My name is Trey Smith and I reside in South Bend, Washington. I was born in 1957, so depending on when you read this, you'll have to do a little math to figure out my current age. Though I no longer work much due to disability, before I became disabled I worked in the following fields: Social Work, Mitigation Investigation, Third-Party Politics, and Nonprofit Management.

I've been married to my darling Della since 1985 and we have no children by choice. While we don't have a human brood, we do have several dogs and cats.

As to my political leanings, I consider myself a Green Radical Socialist. I'm an avid environmentalist. I publish a weekly e-zine called Greener Times.

If you spend any amount of time on my blog, you will quickly come to realize that I absolutely DETEST the institution of religion. I personally believe that religion is responsible for much of the woes society and our planet are subject to. While I have no problems with other people's personal beliefs (this statement is only sort of true), the machine of institutional religion seems more concerned with earthly power, control and amassing egregious amounts of wealth than with any other topics.

I've considered myself a philosophical Taoist for quite some time. I don't believe in a God, the devil, prayer, sin, resurrection, heaven, hell or salvation and I spend next to no time worrying about an afterlife that may or may not exist. My focus is in the now. I believe the purpose of life is life itself. Being.

So, why am I being so open and candid about who I am? I suppose one reason is that I have Asperger's Syndrome (a high functioning form of autism) and people with AS tend not to be as guarded as most people. I also figure that, if you were motivated to do a Google search on me, you could find out much of this information anyway. So, I'm saving you the time and trouble. :)

[If you did perform such a search, you would discover that I ran for Governor of Oregon in 1998 as the Socialist Party candidate and that I've also been very involved with the Green Party and advocating for peace and justice.]