After writing under a pseudonym taken from a defunct forum I started several years ago, I have decided to start using my birth name, James Leland Flanegin, on this blog. I go by Jim.
I am named after my great-grandfather, James Jr. (1824-1912), a Civil War soldier, and his son (my grandfather), Leland (1870-1959), an educator and school superintendent.
My heritage is Northern European – 40% Scots-Irish, 30% Norwegian, 20% German-Dutch, and 10% Southern and Eastern Europe. Despite having had ancestors in the United States for over 200 years, I have no DNA from any continent other than Europe.
I was born in southernmost California, a small town called Chula Vista a few miles from the Mexican border. At three months I headed for Penang, then Seville, Jakarta, Manila, and Hong Kong. Also had extended visits in Paramaribo and Suva.
After returning at 17 to live in the United States, I have resided in Washington DC, Missouri, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and back to California. The blog name ‘Winged Victory’ represents both my spiritual progress, and life around the globe.
Delighted that personal computers were invented about the same time I got serious about a career, I worked as a data communications engineer for awhile, then transitioned first into teaching protocol analysis, followed by establishing or tuning technical training organizations: managing personnel, course development, delivery, budgets, and curriculum design.
I now pursue my family, spiritual, and artistic interests, incorporating a voracious reading habit and my sustained exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, inside and out.
Welcome, again! 🙂