Bob is the administrator here at Episyllogism. He is an emeritus professor of philosophy and religious studies at Vancouver Island University where he taught for 31 years. He is also a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who continues to read and review books for metapsychology. His reviews are available here.
Jean is an editor – known as sob1989 because he was a Student of Bob in 1989- 1991. He teaches in Montreal and contributes often to the Blog. Jean is interested in philosophy of language, learning and teaching strategies, and the world in general. Jean graduated from VIU with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.Ed.
Jess is a VIU philosophy grad (technically) who just missed Bob. After several attempts at settling down in Canada, Jess has relocated to the Japanese countryside where she will stay for at as long as it takes to achieve inner peace/creative output. Being the sole native English teacher at an unconventional family-run English school, Jess is thinking specifically like she’s never thought before about such vague topics as freedom, responsibility, language, learning, and how to be happy with the cards you’re dealt or are able to choose. She sporadically publishes a zine called The Free Wheel. She likes people (individually) and dislikes being forced to do anything. She is the author of “Letter from Japan” published the first of each month. Visit The Free Wheel on Facebook here.
My name is Laura Mariño and I was born in Colombia fifty years ago. I attended a catholic school and I was a good student, but had discipline problems (in kindergarten I was the boys-gang leader. That was great!). When I was a child I broke my nose and then I developed scoliosis; a bummer. I decided to study engineering but my real passion was philosophy. As an engineer I traveled a lot and lived in Europe, the USA, and Canada. In 2000 I had the incredible experience of going sailing in the Atlantic and Caribbean Ocean but I encountered tragedy. It was brutal; devastating.
In Canada I finally decided to quit engineering and finish my philosophy degree. I’m living in Colombia now, teaching English and enjoying farm life with my husband Kelly and my five dogs. Laura writes “Letter from South America” for the Blog.
Robert Earleywine earned his Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Washington University in 1980, where he taught fiction writing and literature from 1983 to 2016. In 2001, he was awarded the Dean’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service to University College. He also taught at Forest Park Community College, Webster University, St. Louis University and Lindenwood University.
During the Vietnam Era he served as an Air Police Sentrydog Handler, but in Southern California. He has worked as a shoe salesman, house parent for delinquent boys, high school teacher in the inner city, and bartender.
In 1972 he co-authored, with Edward James Scannell, a book of short stories and poems entitled In the Big Sky’s Mouth. He has published fiction, non fiction and poetry. His short stories have appeared in Epoch, Webster Review, Delmar, Natural Bridge, and Scintilla Press. His story “Fido the Talking Dog” is included in an anthology of St. Louis writers called Under the Arch. He has two sons, one a union organizer working out of Seattle, the other a professor of psychology at SUNY in Albany, New York. Robert’s first post is “Sarah and Duck”.
Paul Stahnke took an Arts 1 course at Malaspina College many years ago. I was one of the instructors. I remember Paul as a bright student with a background similar to mine. (We shared a hearty laugh over Blake’s poem “Oh little lamb”) Over the years we have corresponded some, and he has now agreed to write for Episyllogism. He retired early from teaching and is now focused on living. He writes: “I have worked as a carpenter, bush pilot, and teacher. My son asked me last year how I defined my life beyond Father and Husband, and I could only say, “I am a Builder”. I live to build and often lay awake at night designing and putting together whatever project I am consumed with. I returned to University (UBC and Royal Roads) after several back injuries clipped my wings. While teaching high school I was able to return to both flying and building on a part-time basis. My wife and I live on the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. We have extensive gardens, greenhouses, a woodlot, and grow much of our own food. It’s a good life for us.”