I’m Don Watkins, an educator, philosopher and entrepreneur who enjoys reading, writing and sharing on a variety of topics. I work in a K-12 School District as the Technology Director. I’m a graduate of Excelsior College and the State University of New York at Buffalo. I recently completed an MSED in Educational Leadership at St. Bonaventure University. I am member of Pi Lamda Theta. I’m a small business owner and my focus is providing technology solutions for homes and small business. I am an Ubuntu affiliate. I’m a trained Red Hat Linux system administrator. I’ve got experience with a number of Linux distributions and I’ve constructed spam filters, Linux terminal servers, print servers. I regularly recommend Ubuntu Linux as a desktop alternative to my customers. I’ve been working with Linux and other open source software for almost six years. I am an experienced web developer with and I have sites running Moodle, Drupal and WordPress.
I’m a veteran of the United States Navy and a professed Secular Franciscan. I’m a husband and father. I enjoy visiting monasteries and other sacred places. I am a licensed private pilot and I have over 200 hours of flight experience in Cessna 152 and 172 aircraft. I enjoy running about 12 to 15 miles a week. I enjoy good tea and an occasional cup of coffee. I like cookies, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and shoe-fly pie. My favorite authors include Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sue Monk Kidd, Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen, A.A. Milne and Robert Frost. I enjoy a variety of music including but not limited to Kenny G., Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, George Harrison, Gregorian chant, John Michael Talbot, Carlos Nakai and Carlos Santana. Some of my favorite movies include Gandhi, Patton, Jesus of Nazareth, Glory Road, Men of Honor, A Few Good Men, Hoosiers, Finding Forrester, Shoes of the Fishermen, The Scarlet and Black and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.