10/3/07 fortune cookie, that I STILL have with me to this very day ( the ''fortune''.. NOT the cookie - I ate it! : ) said it all . . . "You need to live authentically, & you can't ignore that!".
Am the MOST PASSIONATE about... with much being "influenced" by.. the CREATIVE ARTIST in me: Songwriting (SINGER / SONGWRITER / melodist-composer / arranger); POET; professionally trained MASSAGE THERAPIST); CHEF in the kitchen, incl CANNING - love giving] little gifts - example: Collected-in-the-wild fruit jams (I pick wild guavas & wild elderberries + other); EXERCISE daily; I absolutely LOVE GARDENING.... have a VERY "GREEN THUMB" : ) .... even occasionally "rescuing" someone else's plant(s) and "advising" and/or "nursing" it myself to make it healthy again!; READING BOOKS and articles of interest; BEING "HEALTHY" in ALL manners of the word - NATURAL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE - including natural medicine; I AM ALLERGIC TO CIGARETTE SMOKE!!!; HELPING OTHERS by VOLUNTEERING, with the most recent "officially" being on a American Cancer Society Relay For Life Committee; WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN as a teacher / facilitator / camp counselor; NATURE (LOTS of stories there.. FL-bobcat/otters/fox; deer; etc. / AL-beaver); HORSES and HORSEBACK RIDING (had and took care of horses growing up); CAMPING; HISTORY buff; BICYCLING. Have ''SOUTHERN INSTILLED'' VALUES; In NOT only loving to communicate verbally, I easily am able to espress WHAT it is I am feeling . . AND . . in complete sentences!!! : ) . . I am a GREAT LISTENER; Love going to CLASSIC & ANTIQUE CAR SHOWS . . . FLEA MARKETS . . . and "doing" YARD SALES occasionally to find "hidden treasure''. TRAVEL (LOVE the SMOKY MOUNTAINS . . . Have been to Europe twice, Canada, South America, Mexico, Caribbean, and many-many places throughout America!).
I am a Florida native... born in Tampa... grew up in Brandon and Valrico, in what now seems "another time". It's all like a city now. The place I lived in my teen years (small farm) has been a subdivision since the early 90's.
I have two sons, both married & on their own... living in the surrounding area.
VERY HONEST and STRAIGHTFORWARD, I have a VERBALIZED EXPECTATION of MUTUAL RESPECT in ALL MY RELATIONSHIPS; I am VERY MUCH a GIVER... from "THE HEART"... sincerely, with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. I am NON-JUDGMENTAL . . and I LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY. I have NO "ISSUES" in the giving AND receiving of love. TOUCH is MY HIGHEST (#1) of the 5 LOVE LANGUAGES! (I am VERY AFFECTIONATE) . . . and QUALITY TIME is MY 2nd HIGHEST (#2) LOVE LANGUAGE! I am NOT afraid of COMMITMENT. CREATING TRUST, LOVING PASSION, and ROMANCE continuously within a love relationship is VERY important to me - I work to keep a relationship fresh and alive; I am OPEN-MINDED to new and different ways to do things; Enjoy constant learning to expand my knowledge and awareness to better myself and grow; VERY easily able to communicate (and KINDLY so!) my innermost thoughts, feelings, and needs; Prefer that "EXPECTATIONS" be "VERBALIZED"; Appreciate . . AND "practice" . . PEACEFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS, and I am NOT.. INTO DRAMA . . unless it's a great movie!!!; Very ENERGETIC and YOUNG-AT-HEART; LOVE TO LAUGH and feel I have a good SENSE OF HUMOR. Very OUTGOING; *** I A-L-W-A-Y-S put the toilet seat lid back down : ) !!! *** There is MUCH MORE "about me" as to *H*O*W* I am in a love relationship -- go down in this profile (further below) to my "I AM this guy..." (in the 2nd section to follow this one).
I have a gentle, caring, and nurturing spirit; "Thoughtful" intentions are "my guide" in ALL my relationships in life.... both in WHAT I DO... and in WHAT I SAY... perceived that way or not. I have a witty, fun-loving sense of humor; VERY "DOMESTICATED".. but still.. very much(!)... a "man's-man"; Very much a "romantic at heart" (hopeless...) and "reflected" GREATLY in my songwriting and occasional poem; - - - - - - - > > > > > > > MOST MEN in the United States (84%!!!) are romantic in JUST "THE THRILL OF THE CHASE"... I am VERY DIFFERENT than that... ALWAYS feeling a "sense of romance" in my heart from day to day (watching a sunrise or sunset.. gazing at the night sky and the position of the planets and our moon, etc., etc... & wanting to SHARE that "sense of romance" with someone for the rest of my life). Even so, being "A TRUE ROMANTIC" and a SENSITIVE MAN... IN TOUCH WITH and FULLY ABLE to (including.. doing so in a "KINDLY" manner!!!) EXPRESS ANYTHING I am feeling... I am still VERY MUCH "a man".. being "self-confident" (NOT haughty) and NOT afraid to REVEAL MY "SOFT SIDE" to those I trust... ESPECIALLY someone MOST special in my life. I said "kindly" just above because I personally feel that loving someone doesn't give one the right to "verbally slice" that loved one . . . when disappointed.. upset.. or angry.. over something . . . . KINDNESS, LIKE LOVE... IS A CHOICE!!! - - - - - - - > > > > > > > I am also VERY DIFFERENT THAN MOST OTHER GUYS in that [ "intentional" ] "distancing" (a game.. yuck!) does NOT make my heart grow fonder.. but loving closeness & expression (in words AND deeds) does!!!
I am steadily cheerful, sincere, and a true romantic.