My name is Daniel Bacon. Here you'll find an overview of my experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today, as well as the path upon which I am travelling that will continue to help me grow personally, professionally, intellectually, and spiritually.
Being a Maine native, I grew to be fascinated with the depth and mystery of the ocean and forests. I often apply the ideal of the unspoiled land-and seascapes as powerful metaphors to my life. So too shall I do here.
My Life's Mission Statement is to constantly extend myself just beyond the edge of comfort in vocation and recreation, finding joy and meaning in all my successes and failures.
I am driven by my dynamic faith, devotion to family, and love of country. Patriotism runs deep within me, having served a four-year enlistment the U.S. Air Force after high school, transitioning into civilian life, and again enlisting-- this time in the Illinois Air National Guard-- after a 19 year break-in-service. I have never been more proud to wear my country's uniform and to strive to remain in the best physical condition of my life.
Due to my passion for geography and history - personal and academic - I am currently working toward my M.A. in Public History at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois. Having worn many vocational hats - from classroom teacher to truck driver to military-trained surveying assistant - I learned to appreciate the highly contextual and interdisciplinary world in which we live. Because of these experiences, I have developed a unique skillset, offering perspectives through a wide spatial lens that has and will continue to serve me well in my current and future endeavors. Click here for my CV/Resume.
Thank you for visiting. Take your time exploring the mapped harbors and mountains of this site. Despite the time constraints of full-time work, part-time military duties, and rigorous graduate school classes, I will update the "cartograph" often in order to provide a more comprehensive report of the undiscovered country in which I now travel.