Describing Rik’s life in any manner resembling conventional is challenging. Looking it over, there isn’t much normal to it and if it had to be encapsulated in a word or two, they might be “exceptional adventure”. Come to think of it, that may be why he has long carried the handle, "Yonder".
F rom early childhood he lived part-time on boats, spent many summers at Catalina Island and learned to sail. In his twenties, as one of a two-man crew, Rik sailed a 35' ketch to Hawaii and back. Rik was certified as an open water SCUBA diver at 14 and logged dives in Hawaii, Mexico and California.
H e was a drama major in high school and college and landed a part for a year and a half run in a Hollywood play followed by acting and directing in various community theaters, radio programs and a few TV gigs. Although drawn to writing poetry and prose during his high school years, Rik didn’t actually get his first article published until in his 30's and wrote a monthly magazine column for twelve years. Rik doesn’t claim to be a cowboy (his longest career so far has been in construction) but when he writes Cowboy Poetry, it comes from a deep respect for the Cowboy Life and values, and draws on his experiences. When he writes about motorcycles, construction, guns, sailing or police work, it is from muscle memory and a sincere appreciation for his God-given blessings and a mindful awareness of the adventures he has been granted in this life.
Rik is married, has two married sons, three grandchildren and lives in Montana.