I got home in early May from 15 weeks in Nicaragua. (After traveling around the U.S. for most of the Fall.) In Nicaragua, I was studying permaculture and teaching English. Now I have to get used to having good salads and a wide variety of beer again. I've also forgotten how to cross the street by the signal lights, because there are none in most of Nicaragua--please hold my hand if necessary. [OK, that was last year, I went back for a couple weeks' visit this summer, but the culture shock upon return this time has been less.]
Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication is an amazing relationship tool/technology that could change your life. (OK, that makes it sound like a cult, or like I'm selling something, but it's not/I'm not.) Seriously, check it out. It's a way to solve the hardest political negotiating problems as well as minor personal stuff--really terrific. CNVC.org
I care a lot. About a lot of things. Maybe I could be called opinionated. I've limited myself to four bumper stickers because a wall-papered car dilutes the message.
However, I am also willing to listen--to ALMOST anyone--and I seek out opportunities to do so. I'm continuing to improve my emotional literacy, which comes in handy every day.
I wear my glasses nearly all the time because I like to associate myself with the stereotypes of people in spectacles. Seriously. I lost mine on the beach in Mexico a few years back and went without just fine for a month. But now they're back on. Oh and I think I'll need bifocals soon so that's an issue . . .
When it comes to lots of subjects, I know just enough to be dangerous (or to provide help on pub trivia teams). Not sports though, aside from basic rules, I know almost nothing about team sports.
I try to be the most thoughtful, caring, ethical, spiritual atheist I can be. And no, I don't always succeed. But I keep trying.
The collections of attached photos also show a bit more about me...