Joseph Riden, Author and Designer
I was born curious; fascinated with the world's wonders and people. My parents and some exceptional teachers fostered active engagement in science, mechanics, and the arts. Even as a child, I read books continually. Early interests led through both non-fiction and fiction and especially biographies of accomplished historical figures. Book reading and a floor-standing tube radio nearly my height began to shape my mind before television dominated the US media as it does today.
All my teachers and my Mother and others have continually encouraged me to write and create new things. Now, in well-experienced maturity, I've learned enough to address writing, a main bucket list item.
Legendary people became my role models: from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to Nikola Tesla; inventors like Edison and Turing; and early rocket scientists like Von Braun. Several authors, including Faulkner, Dickinson, Hemingway, Atwood, joined my list as I explored American Literature. One day, I realized something less obvious than it may seem: though I don't aspire to greatness, emulating figures I admire feeds my soul with a deep satisfaction. Renaissance men and women are my heroes.
After military service and university, I enjoyed a career in mechanical and industrial design and eventually, inevitably, I became an author. I've left a trail of inventions, including books, behind me. I continue on my productive, creative path wherever it may lead.
Broad diversity is unusual in this age of deep specialization when colleges generate so many skilled, super-technicians narrowly niched into commercially valuable activities. My broad interest in mechanical engineering, design innovation, music and creative writing is a product of liberal education along with experience gradually acquired as the years passed, all too quickly. I pursue a deep humanism to temper my technical mind with broader consciousness.
I see apparently different facets of invention as compatible and similar. Nature lives within us each, through a generative energy that's expressed across different focuses. I may design a boat or a piece of specialty furniture in morning; write about how to make them in the afternoon; create a story about how people use them and take breaks with romps through adventure stories. Book chapters or memoir sketches tie imaginary characters and situations back to my own experiences. I often listen to music from an elegant audio system that I've carefully configured for high value: extreme musical realism at affordable cost.
I've filled many roles beyond author and design engineer: surrogate father, coastal mariner, lumberjack, sport fisherman, soldier, seminarian, meditator, husband and lover, spiritual seeker, natural health practitioner, expatriate adventurer, strategic business consultant, bohemian scholar, entrepreneur, live-off-the-land outdoorsman, and true friend to significant men and women I've connected with along the way.
Curious, I came into the world. I'll continue to seek new experiences and create more value until I move onward to whatever lies ahead. Life is opportunity, unchained: to learn, to evolve, to create, to know love, and to express ourselves as we become all we were born to be, fulfilling a destiny that only clarifies in hindsight. May I leave this world with my boots on, walking in a forest or cruising blue seas again, or writing another story or article as a warm computer records my thoughts.
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