*Amateur Pursuits*

"If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important"

Bertrand Russell

Welcome to my Amateur Pursuits Page. I had difficulty finding a name for this section of my homepage. First of all Webster's dictionary defines a hobby as a pursuit outside ones's regular occupation for the purpose of relaxation. However, some of my hobbies such as SCUBA diving and dancing are exhausting, not relaxing. So what about amateur pursuits? Webster's gives three meanings for amateur. One is a person lacking in experience and competence. Well, since I am not modest, I like to think I have both experience and competence in my hobbies. A second meaning of amateur is a person who is engaged in a pursuit as a pastime. Well, I never do anything to pass the time. Time is too precious and there is not enough of it. In fact most of the work we do in our regular occupation is, unfortunately, a pastime. Pass the time is the last thing on earth I want to do. However, the third meaning of amateur is devotee or admirer. Now here I can relate. I both admire the activities I call my hobbies and devote myself to them. Below are links to some of my most passionate amateur pursuits.