I teach French and English, and I instruct in the Horse Program.
When not in the classroom I can be found
Riding my horse, playing the mandolin, or tutoring at the Todd Road jail in Santa Paula.
Most memorable Thacher camping trip
It’s a toss-up between two pack trips, one to the Sespe, the other to the Sierra, during which we lost some or all of our horses...As my colleague René Duykaerts kindly said when I returned from the Sierra excursion minus two equines: You haven’t truly horse packed until you’ve lost some horses in the backcountry. I will be forever grateful to René for that, and for the fact that we recovered the renegade horses two weeks later when they wandered into a cow camp at around 10,000 ft.!
Favorite job perk
Being paired with phenomenal horses.
Favorite place at Thacher
The Charles Horn House (where I live), which was built in 1865, and my son Brooke’s memorial boulder.
Hardly anybody knows that
The house in which I live is one of (if not the) oldest building in the Ojai Valley...
Favorite place on earth
Paris; La Bretagne; Provence; Cape Town; Ojai; and Peaks Island, Maine.
The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without
Too many to name... books, movies, and music have been my solace and salvation.
What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)
A professional skier.
What I want to do when I grow up (now)
I now know that growing up is over-rated; it’s no longer on my to-do list.