A word of warning that this is going to get (unapologetically) wordy, because I love words and what they can do. Consider yourself so warned.
☞ God comes first. I'm not willing to compromise away my Catholic identity.
☞ I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa but have lived in the Cities since 2005. I'm still Iowan at heart but consider Minnesota as my adoptive homeland.
☞ By design, I don't own a lot of things. Intentional living is more than a motto.
☞ I'm not worried about finding happiness in life. I search for meaning in all things, instead.
☞ I have cultivated a talent for steam calliope. I suppose this and some related interests make me something of an anachronist.
☞ Words and ideas leave me insatiably intrigued, and the world is too big a place for restricting words and ideas to labels like conservative and liberal.
☞ Music (composing, singing, arranging, listening) is my perpetual glimpse into divinity. If you're cool with me noodling around on the piano while you're reading on the couch, we're going to get along fabulously.
☞ The river runs through my veins. I spend a lot of time at or on the water.
☞ I have learned first-hand that it is in the surviving of crises that one can simultaneously embody humility, self-possession, and compassion.
☞ Without family, I am nothing, and family can be so many things.
☞ I have two ears and only one mouth for a reason.
☞ A first inversion major chord with an added ninth, sung by a choir with good intonation, will always warm the cockles of my heart.
☞ Seriously, steam calliopes make my socks roll up and down.
I would be a fool to say that I have life figured out, so I will instead say that I am a man on a journey. It really all comes down to this: I intend to live a life characterized by unceasing love, and I discerned early on that I could best accomplish this through a lifelong, companionate, marital relationship. Every time I have had an opportunity to examine my life, I've returned to the same conclusion. It's not the only thing that will bring me fulfillment, but I know it is my vocation. I don't put off things that are important to me, which is the whole reason I'm here looking for a life partner.