"Be it ever so hovel, there's no place like house." Or in this case, there's no place like...  

Don Maxwell's Home Page

  web pages spread
  to dry in the sun
  like linens on the lawn
  after the rains

Photo of Caelaverock Castle (That moving rainbow may be a bit much. Oh, well, this place is always under construction -- just like everything else in my life. That's the ancestral family seat on the right, by the way--Caerverlock Castle. It needs work, too. More about the castle and ancient Maxwells.)  And here's a bit about contemporary Maxwells.)

What's in here? Only a few of the things I care about, that I've put here for my own purposes. You're certainly welcome, though, and I hope you can find something that interests you. 

This page acts its own menu. If you click on a link, it should open up in a new window, leaving this one intact. Each other link should then open in that same new window. (Except for two links that open in independent windows.)

Everything else should be listed on a page called Other Things.

- profession - 

There's College Teaching--or, rather, there was.  I recently became eligible for Social Security and decided that 40 years of teaching was enough for a while. 

Well, then, it was college teaching--most recently at a comprehensive community college, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. (At conferences, people would squint at my name tag and say something like "Jay Sar--what?!" Or maybe it was "Jay Sar--weird!" I  was never sure.) The place is a college, but quite a distance from those conventional, traditional institutions most folks are used to.

Read the story of how I quit a perfectly good job at a traditional university for one at a community college.

Care to see What I did at JSRCC and some other professional interests?

There's also alternative education for kids: The Richmond Montessori School and Gifted Children Coordination.

Now my profession is Breather.  It's a pretty good job.  I work at it all the time.

And I fly a small amphibious flying boat that I built from a kit.  You can read about it here.

- family - 

My wife Carol recently retired from teaching in a Virginia state prison--beginning reading through high school equivalency. Read more about Carol and her work.

One of our sons, Chris, is a reformed computer professional who is now a Montessori elementary school teacher. You can go to his home page if you like, or have a look at him as a college student.

Our other son, Jon, is a software engineer and is hard at work in the Washington. D.C. area. He prefers to go by "JAM" these days, and you might find some of his programming work on the web under that moniker.  He's hard to photograph, but you can sneak a look at him as he was in college.

Jon and Chris a few years ago.
All three.  

- muse ments - 

Here are a couple of things I'm been a-musing about lately-- truth & beauty and quantity & quality

Another is where I am, and when. I live now in Prince George County, near Virginia, USA, but...

I had a cousin, Christine, a lovely person who lived all of her 54 years in the same community, except for when she was in college. She had a wonderful sense of who she was and where she lived--and of belonging. My own family and upbringing were a lot like hers--except that I've lived at 28 different addresses, in ten of the United States and five other countries so far. That's given me a different sense of place and time than Christine had and it's made it impossible for me to be a national any more. (In this photo, for example, the left part of the background is Chinese and the right is American.) photo of this guy

So although it sounds silly, where I feel I'm from is Earth. (If you're desperately curious, you can see all of the places I've dwelt so far. This includes Richmond, Virginia--a strange place, indeed. I even know some natives of Richmond who feel like aliens here.)

But I keep thinking about that annoying term "postmodern," which when you slice though the academic baloney is just a temporary name for the era we've moved into so recently that we don't quite realize we're already there--here! I suppose it results from "the jet age" and "the information age," but it's probably more an eclectic state of mind. Anyway, I've been thinking about when I am and how I got here, and if this doesn't seem to make much sense, it's only because I'm a bit confused about it, myself. I've already told the story (the link is above) of how I came to Richmond and what I'm doing here. But it doesn't seem that simple. For example, in many history books, Richmond is an evil abstraction: the Capitol of the Confederacy and the very last bastion of school segregation. But plenty of enlightened people live here now, and it's becoming a wonderful jumble of people from all over the world.

How you got here, of course, is probably due to a chance of the World Wide Web. Where you've been, on the other hand, might suggest something about who you are and how you see the place where you are now. Why not write...

(Sorry--I've been getting a lot of SPAM lately. 
Please type the address into the "To:" line of an email message,
with no spaces.  And type the other thing into the "Subject:" line.)

...and tell me where you are and where you're from

Lost Ones.  Help me find some old friends--people I've lost track of in all that moving around (and a few who've turned up again).

- other things - 

Here are some Other Things --essays, scanning experiments, my "learning flying" logs, baloney, and the like

  A blog where you can leave feedback about this site or read what others might have said. 

- mail - 

lighthouse animation

Go back to the top.

Send me email

(Sorry--I've been getting a lot of SPAM lately. 
Please type the address into the "To:" line of an email message,
with no spaces.  And type the other thing into the "Subject:" line.)

P.S. If you liked the music that (should have) played automatically when this page loaded--it's a fanfare attributed to King Henry VIII --you might enjoy these other midis, as well:

John Dowland, "My Ladye Hunsdons Puffe"
Performed by John Stankey
William Byrd, "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"
 Performed by John Sankey 
William Byrd, "The Carmans Whistle"
 Performed by John Sankey 
Anon., "The Three Ravens" (English Traditional) 
Sequenced by John Cowles 
John Dowland, "A Shepherd in a Shade"
Sequenced by Curtis Clark 
Thomas Morley, "Now is the Month of Maying"
Sequenced by Marty Weimer 
King Henry VIII, "Pastime With Good Company"
Antonio Vivaldi, "Mandolin Concerto in C Major, First Movement, Allegro Moderato"

How's the weather in Richmond?

Click for Richmond,
                  Virginia Forecast
Click for Richmond,
                  Virginia Forecast

...and see if it makes any better sense. When the translator page appears, select the language you wish and click on the "Translate" button.

This site brought to you by Abstract Concrete Works. (whatever that is).