The Sierra Sage
"If you are not to be forgotten, after you are dead and rotten, either do something worth the writing, or write something worth the reading."
- Benjamin Franklin
Leonard A. (Len) Semas was born in 1947 in Taunton, MA. He grew up in Santa Clara, CA, in a traditional family of the 1950s era, and is middle of five siblings. He was taught the virtues of hard work at an early age, and was first exposed to the "publishing business" at the age of 10 (see side bar). In addition to principles such as "life's not fair," he was also taught basic values of justice and common sense – reason came later!
Len attended public schools, but was also the product of a Jesuit college education, graduating from Santa Clara University. He majored in biology and minored in chemistry and philosophy. Plans at the time were to enter the medical profession as a doctor. Given the state of medicine under Obamacare, it was probably a blessing that his plans were unrealized.
Following graduation, Len volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and attended Officer Candidate School, receiving his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served 3 years from 1969-1972 and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.
Following his military service, Len returned to Santa Clara University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree. He spent the next 35+ years in various areas of employment including a stint with a large health care corporation, self-employment in the real estate field, and COO for a start-up technology company. Over the past 14+ years, he has been involved in writing, publishing and speaking on: politics, political philosophy, contemporary issues and current events. Given the state of the country, in particular, the state of government, he has no shortage of material with which to work. In addition to his own activities, he teaches business writing and speech at Western Nevada College and in off-campus workshops. His published works include:
Sierra Sage Magazine (publisher and primary contributing writer)
Reason, Justice and Common Sense (author/publisher) 2nd edition pending
Bars of Nevada: The Historical, Hysterical and Barely Standing (publisher and editor)
e-SierraSage (publisher and primary contributing writer)
Reading with Grandpa and Enzo: Learn the Most Important Words First (designed for adult and child, shared learning to read with a focus on values oriented words). ORDER HERE
"I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being. "
~ Anatole France
In writing essays about the way the world is or ought to be, some might think the author of such thoughts to be of exemplary stature. I am not.
Though I have written of the importance of stable families, I confess to my own shortcomings as a divorced man. Though I have written on the importance of God and moral behavior, I confess to my own sins and shortcomings, both numerous and varied. Though I have written critically of those in elective office, I have chosen not to pursue such endeavors myself, believing my contribution is better made in the writing, rather than in the doing, still crediting them for at least making an effort.
In short, my imperfections are many, but my love of God, country,
family, and community cannot be challenged. Nor can my belief in the most fundamental rights granted to us by our Creator: "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Those sacred rights are under attack as never before and no amount of human imperfection can lessen the duty in each of us to restore them.
I am completely guilty of that offense; I encourage others to join me.
Leonard A. Semas, Publisher
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. "
~ Barry Goldwater