Hi, I’m David M. Guion, freelance writer and editor, and a man of broad interests.
Following my first love, music, I received graduate degrees in performance (trombone) and musicology from the University of Iowa.
My doctoral dissertation appeared as The Trombone: Its History and Music, 1697-1811 (Gordon and Breach, 1988). My second book, A History of the Trombone, appeared in 2010.
My second love (in time, not importance) is Scripture. I have taught adult Sunday School classes since some time in the 1970s and become a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.
I have always loved libraries and worked as a librarian for 12 years. I am passionate about helping people understand how to use it. I am also passionate about good writing.
At my last academic position, I served on the university’s SustainabilityDavid Guion, the All-Purpose Guru, some of that time on the “green buildings” subcommittee and the rest on “energy and water.” I wound up writing the definition of “sustainability” that appeared on the committee’s web site for at least three years. I had always cared about the environment, but my involvement with that committee opened my eyes to many more things ordinary people can do to express their own care.
Other intense interests include writing, cooking, nutrition, fitness, travel, and more. Since August 2009 I have been writing about all of these topics on various internet content sites, including my blogs.
I named my first blog All-Purpose Guru. While I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in all the topics I write about, a lifetime of scholarship and librarianship has given me techniques and habits of careful scholarship. Where I don’t offer expertise, I do offer accuracy and reliability.
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