A lot of people ask me, “Hey, what is that candle you use on everything anyway?” Well, in a strange way, it’s me. It’s my history, in graphical form.

It was originally the logo for my fake, self-made, never-registered company, “CandlePower Productions.”

When I was younger, that was the name under which I created websites and various other projects. I have since retired that fake company, and now I just put my own name at the bottom of the things I create. But the logo lives on.

As a child, I joined the Boy Scouts of America (as many do). Following in the footsteps of my older brother, I went camping regularly and learned my knots, but like so many kids, I thought that fire was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I could always sit and stare into the crackling flames of a campfire for hours without a thought in my mind (despite the fact that most of the time I couldn’t sit still for more than five minutes otherwise), and that still remains true today.

I like to imagine that I would have lived well before the explosion of the cell phone, before the iPod, before the internet (well, I actually did live before all of those)… Just sitting by a fire, cooking my own dinner, and perhaps reading a good book.

That being said, once I discovered technology, I haven’t been able to put it down. I own an iPad and an iPhone, and I have three to five computers at any given time in various states of functionality. I have a TiVo and a Slingbox, and I just love gadgets and tools of any kind! It is what first attracted me (and still does) to the art of technical theatre.

So my old-fashioned candle with its Edison plug reminds me of my dual loves, technology and nature, two seemingly opposing forces in my life working in harmony to make me who I am.