Retired Science Teacher. I am nearly 79 and fighting dangerous cancer for over 17 years. I have the vicious ONJ disease, damn Parkinson's Disease, Osteoporosis, Thyroid Disease, and many more...Ouch!! Yet, I am a boxing/striking coach and founder of our local Boxing/Martial Arts Hall of Fames.
When I joined the United States Marines in 1953 and eventually was on a boat to Japan, I found a book, 'The Origins of Species' by Charles Darwin. Sad to say, I did not have a clue to much of the language in the book. I vowed someday I would gain that knowledge. While working and raising a family I did dwell into the mysteries of science when I had the time. Finally, in 1968 I started college full time while working a night shift on the police department. In 1971 I graduated as a 'Top Ten Senior' and later I obtained my Masters with a 4.0 GPA. Finally, I had a partial science education. I then had the good fortune to receive a fellowship to Rutgers for my Ph. D. It wasn't in the cards, my wife divorced me. So, I still had a superb career teaching high school science, coaching boxing and kickboxing, and publishing a couple of books and a huge booklet every year for the hall of fames. Even though quite ill I admire the past and present men of science and justly so, our Deist Founding Fathers and the solid-rock folks who have in one way or another, discovered their real world, the reaches of the Cosmos, and recognized the fables and myths of bygone era's for just what they are: Myths and Fables.
For now, I am doing what I can for joy and happiness along with the suffering and pain that nearly everyone who lives long enough will come across. Simply put, "We are guaranteed only this life, make the best of it and be happy."