My name is Doug Fraley, and I live in the UK, in a bit of London called Richmond. I moved to this fair country in 1998 after growing up in Ohio and living in different parts of the U.S. and Europe.
Three wonderful teenage boys call me Dad, not without justification. Their lovely mother and I split a few years ago, after 19 years of marriage. They all live a mile down the road. My amazing partner, J, lives just around the corner from my one-bedroom flat, with her dog, Jack.
Aside from these super people, my interests include music, cycling and travel. On the music front, I sing and play piano - mainly to myself. With cycling, my days of competitive sportives and gritty urban commuting have largely given way to short, bracing rides in Richmond Park, occasionally punctuated by longer ones in the Surrey Hills. The cycling overlaps with the travel as well. J has a VW camper van, and we travel around Europe with the bikes (and kayaks) on the back. Wherever we stay, we look to take in the scenery at human-powered pace.
But all of these interests, and my whole life, take place within a fundamental curiosity I have. I guess you could say that it's a curiosity I live. Some would call it philosophical, others spiritual, some even religious. Fewer would call it scientific, but it is certainly empirical, based in my own experience.
I've had and still have a working life. I won't go into that here. Anyone who wants to find more about that can do so on LinkedIn or at my company site, P3 Leadership.
I've taken to writing more about where my curiosity leads me, and this site is one of the places I do that.
I've been thinking. So I've got that going for me...
I went through a phase earlier in life, when I wrote down a lot of what I was thinking in a blog. I've decided to do a bit of that again, and here you have it. The Blog is called 'What Is Happening.' You'll notice that there is a period, not a question mark at the end. It is about What Is Happening, right now - literally, as I type these words, literally as you read them.
The original blog I wrote has disappeared from online view, but I still have all the material, much of which I'll re-post here, always making clear when it is old material / past thinking. My 'answers' to the questions I think about have changed since those earlier days, and it might be interesting for you to see that.
A lot of what you will read in this blog will be about Big Questions: What is reality? What is good? What is right? Why am I here? How am I meant to live? Is there a God? If so, what is She like? There will also be a bit of background from my life, for two reasons: 1) I like talking about myself and 2) that background is inseparable from what I thought 10-15 years ago and what I think now.
What this blog won't include, because I can't bear it, is my adding yet another layer to the angst about the likely departure of the UK from the EU or about the person who currently occupies the office of the President of the United States. My views on those topics are just as one sided and ill-informed as yours, so I won't waste time reinforcing your echo chamber effect or violently disagreeing with you.
Plus, believe it or not, I think that we have more important things to concern ourselves with...
I'm curious. I like looking beneath and behind the obvious, also looking for what is between me and the obvious, obscuring or distorting my view.