Frank A. Mills

Writer   Photographer


Vanishing Dreams*

I do resist bios, because that's not the real me. So, to liven it up a bit with hints of the real me, I've interjected a few of my favorite quotes here and there.



•  Presbyterian Minister (USA) (often in alternative communities or churches in crisis or merging)

"While we live, let's live." — me

•  YMCA Chaplain, Youth Director, Branch Director
•  Street work with disadvantaged youth and young female & male prostitutes
•  Involvement in diffusing crisis situations, including large-scale ones

"Reality is a magical place. If you are not in awe of it, you can be sure you've lost touch with it. And touching it is only the beginning to actually grasping it." — G.K. Chesterton, "Everlasting Man"

•  University Administrative Faculty (large state university)
•  Adjunct Faculty, Cultural Studies & Urban Studies (Catholic University)
•  Lecturer on Ancient Celtic Culture

"Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." — Walker Evans, Photographer

•  Spiritual Director after the Celtic Christian tradition
•  Urban Consultant (Future Visioning, Neighborhood Behaviors, Conceptual Visioning
•  Lecturer on "The Church in the City"
•  I grew up in Baltimore (along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay), lived in Boston, Huntington (WV),

"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land." — G.K. Chesterton

   Akron (OH), Los Angeles, Portland (OR), Cleveland, and now Austin.

•  I enjoy a good single-malt whiskey!

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh..." — Jack Kerouac, "On The Road"

* We all have dreams of what our career future or our family future will be. Rarely does the future end up coming to those dreams. Not that's bad. In fact, it's not. For each dream leads to another, and even if a dream ends unfulfilled, the next dream will as sure as the sun rises, come along. In time, we can look back and say, "What a life I have had. I wouldn't want it any other way."

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