Dr. James C. Burnham was born in Oklahoma and thereafter lived in small, country towns until his family moved to Northern California. Among rice paddies and wildlife reserves, he enjoyed a Huckleberry Finn childhood. His backyard was the Sacramento River, where he fished and swam at leisure. He has since earned professional degrees in music, literature, counseling, and a doctorate in learning psychology. He spends his leisure time traveling the world, writing and taking photographs.