I am not interested in having or adopting children but am open to a relationship with someone with a child or children.
In addition to my paid work, I have also volunteered in less affluent schools and taught Judaica. Sometimes I blog about net neutrality, copyright law and how to bridge the digital divide.
Twice per week I am at the gym lifting weights and on an elliptical. I average more than 10,000 steps per day. Once per week I meditate with a Buddhist group.
In 2015, for fun, I wrote a children's picture book, which I commissioned an artist to illustrate. During 2014, I authored part of a history textbook (Big Bang to present) for work.
Because, in my experience, its more fun to read with a group, I also founded and led five book groups.
James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Homer (Fagle's translation), Borges, Shakespeare, Tao te Ching (Mitchell's trans.), Tanakh (JPS trans.), Plato's Republic (Grube's trans.), The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thinking Fast and Slow, Why Nations Fail, Capital in the 21st Century, Between the World and Me, Being Mortal, Far From the Tree
The Goldfinch, Bel Canto, Time Traveler's Wife, Cloud Atlas, Super Sad True Love Story, Cutting for Stone, Middlesex, Windup Bird Chronicles, The Master and Margarita, The Songlines, Raymond Chandler, Junot Diaz, Neal Gaiman, The Circle, Americanah
Paolo Bacigalupi, Snow Crash, William Gibson, Ender's Game, Altered Carbon, Daemon, Ready Player One (Fun!), Leviathan Wakes, Six of Crows, Philip Pullman
Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, My Promised Land, Stairway Walks in San Francisco, The Unwinding, On Immunity, Modern Romance
Adrienne Rich, W. B. Yeats, The Four Quartets (T.S. Elliot), Yehuda Amichai (Bloch and Mitchell's trans.), Rilke (Mitchell's trans.), Rumi (Barks' trans.), Hafiz (Landinsky's trans.), The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, U.A. Fanthorpe, Keith Douglas, Wilfred Owen, Li Po, Billy Collins
Newspapers, Blogs, websites, columnists:
NY Times, Robert Reich's Blog, XKCD, Frank Rich
Selma, Gravity, Mud, Inside Job, The Sweet Hereafter, Blade Runner, Minority Report, Avatar, Hoop Dreams, Batman Begins, Pollock, Tampopo, Touching the Void, Crouching Tiger, Lives of Others, The Secretary, Schindler's List, Erol Morris, Match Point, Man on a Wire, Black Mirror, The Martian
Bruegel, Calder, Rembrandt, Holbein, Olafur Eliasson, Yousuf Karsh, Galen Rowell, Diego Rivera
Master Harold and the Boys, Translations (Brian Friel), The Tempest, Fathers and Sons (Arthur Miller), Arcadia (Tom Stoppard)
Stevie Wonder, Deep Forest, Hiromi, Coltrane, Manu Katche, Glenn Gould, Kate Bush, Pat Metheny
Mexican, vegetarian, Tartine
I don't own a TV.
4) A GPS or maps with a compass (I have no sense of direction and love cartography)
5) Wikipedia and good dictionaries
6) My music, Pandora and Spotify
Mason: Dad, there's no real magic in the world, right?
Dad: What do you mean?
Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up.
Dad: Oh, I don't know. I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? You know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you'd think that was pretty magical, right?
Before doing any solo camping, I took an Outward Bound Course and later a more advanced outdoor skills course. For me this is a calculated risk.