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BobJonesAbout Bob Jones

I used to describe myself as a recovering engineer. I am very analytical and spend perhaps too much of my time in my head. About twenty years ago I started to discover that I also have a heart and that when I come from my heart, it is a very different experience than coming from my head.When I started the heart work, I wanted to quit my work as a computer programmer and become a coach. Fortunately, my wife talked me out of that. There are lots of life coaches out there, but not many that I know are actually making a living at it.When I found MKP and sat in i-Groups and staffed NWTA weekends, I found that I naturally came from my heart and that my head was of little use when facilitating men in their processes. I learned that I can (with some work) shift from my head to my heart and back again. I still find that transformation difficult, but not impossible.

Several years ago, I started working with a powerful teacher named Jim Mitchell who gave me the simple answer to the head vs. heart conundrum. They are both tools and both each is appropriate in certain situations. This simple and obvious answer gave me the freedom to value both tools and to appreciate and grow each.

Now I find that I have only two skill sets and they are polar opposites: I am a pretty good programmer and I am also a pretty good facilitator of men’s work.As I start transitioning into retirement, I plan to teach advanced programming skills at one of the local community colleges and to resurrect my coaching practice. But I will coach only men because I understand men. Women, on the other hand, delight but continue to baffle me.

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Some boring details:

  • Born in July, 1946 in Cleveland, OH
  • Kicked out of Albany Academy at end of school year in 1961
  • Graduated from Darrow School in 1964
  • Attended Ohio State University for two years (1964-66)
  • Got laid for the first time (Easter Sunday, 1965)
  • Hospitalized (conflict with my father) for one year in 1966
  • Started programming Computers in June, 1967 (see resume)
  • Moved to Cleveland, OH in summer of 1968
  • Hired by IBM in 1969
  • Got stoned for the first time in 1970
  • Moved to Columbus, OH in June, 1970 to return to OSU
  • Saw OSU football game while tripping. Very strange!
  • Moved back to Cleveland then to Detroit in 1973
  • Hired by Chrysler as their “Token Hippy” in 1973
  • Met Donna at folk festival on 9/22/74
  • Married Donna on 4/20/75
  • Moved to Cincinnati in summer of 1975
  • Travis born(11/4/1975)
  • Corwin born (1/9/1978)
  • Moved to California in 1978
  • Lisa born (8/29/1980)
  • Moved to Redmond, WA in 1990
  • Discovered that I have a heart in the mid-’90s
  • Attended the MKP NWTA in November, 2001
  • Moved to Bellingham, WA in 2002 (January 2nd @ 10:00 AM)
  • Started the Bellingham Catalyst i-Group in 2002
  • Continue staffing the NWTA (34 times at last count)
  • Feb 1, 2014: Announced this site
  • Three children & three grandchildren
  • Recently celebrated 39 years with my honey, Donna
  • Got laid off on November 4th. Took it as a big relief
  • Started yoga on November 5th. 3 X / Week for 90 min ea.
  • Still programming after all these years
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