John F. Gardner was born in Brooklawn, New Jersey on November 10, 1933. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Glassboro State College in New Jersey and received his Master's Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He is best known for his work in the field of Backyard Birding and Nature Center and Small Museum management. He is an author and lecturer on topics of retail operations, marketing and self improvement. In addition to writing Thoughts & Meditations, he is the author of five editions of "The Naturalist's Almanac and Environmentalist's Companion" published by Balantine Books, "A Book of Nature Activities" published by Interstate Printers and Publishers, "Backyard Birdfeeding" published by Stackpole Books, and other books and materials on nature study, environmental education, self improvement, marketing and management. Mr. Gardner presently lives in Bristol New York with his wife Trudy. He is available for work shops, lectures and seminars.