I moved to New Orleans from Pasadena, California, in November, 2011. I love it here, and New Orleans is now my home. My children live in Brooklyn, Los Angeles & Portland.
I was a lawyer for many years, a stay-at-home parent for my two daughters for many years, then a lawyer again for a few years. I had a "take this job and shove it" moment in 2008 and quit working, went on the lam and traveled for most of that year. Except for editing someone else's book that was published in 2010, I have not worked since I left St. Louis in 2008 (and don't intend to do so).
I value kindness, compassion and openness-of-personality; I want to love and be loved thoroughly and passionately. Although flawed, I pay attention to my partner, what she says, what she needs and wants. Sometimes I get it right; sometimes, I fail.
Gay rights = essential - two of my kids are gay, as is my oldest friend; accepting them and other gay people is a must.
Over the years, I have been to a lot of places, my favorites of which are Thailand, Wakulla Springs (Florida) State Park, New Harmony (Indiana), Singapore, Salzburg (Austria), and New Orleans.
I have been in all the states - lived in ten of them (some more than once) - and been in twenty countries, mostly in Asia and Europe. Once, I lived briefly in Thailand. You John Prine fans out there: I have actually lived in Muehlenburg County and know where Paradise lays!
I was at Woodstock, but mine is a sad, sad story of opportunity lost!
I love to read, and I write about interesting people I have met, politics, current events and my travels and life. I have also written articles on child-raising, pre-marital counseling, recovery and law, which have been published.
On a political compass - you might try the questionnaire at politicalcompass.org - I am in the unusual anarcho-socialist quadrant, along with Gandhi, my longtime hero Nelson Mandela and my lifelong hero, MLK, Jr.
I have some attributes that I like; I have some characteristics that I do not like and have worked on - and in some cases still have to work on. I regret it, but there are limits to what I am able to do.
My life has been complicated and has not linearly progressed to "living life to the fullest." In the words of Tyler Durden in Fight Club, "You don't know where I've been."
I am sensitive, expressive, and sometimes lost.