"Passion is the ignition, love is the fuel and commitment is the engine!" - Me
Born in Washington, DC, raised in Virginia and nurtured in Albany, Georgia....I am a Bahá'í world citizen who loves travel, culture and people; which means I indulge in food, communicating, creating, dance and music....and of course futbol! ...aka 'soccer'.
I have traveled to Mexico (30 times), Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Hong Kong (2), Taiwan, Panama, Dominican Republic (2), Ecuador (2), Bolivia, Canada, England (2), Netherlands (2), France (6) and lived in Germany as a teenager.
I believe and practice "Ivolution" = I + Evolution = taking control and ownership of my personal growth and development.
I am a Southern Gentleman, with an East Coast mentality, in a West Coast environment - the best of all worlds!
I know the power of words and I am learning the even greater power of silence.
My activities include: Travel, Eating/Cooking, music, dancing, soccer a.k.a. football, photography, social entrepreneurship, Bahá'í Faith, intellectual and/or philosophical conversations, public speaking and Toastmasters International, Scrabble, Model United Nations, the United Nations and globalization, volunteerism and service. I also see myself as a true global nomad and "lifestyle chameleon" because, although I have preferences and favorites, I always find the joy in anything and appreciate time and effort more so than details.
My newest interests since I moved to SF include: yoga, hiking, healthier cooking, healthier eating, greener living.
Quotes and Philosophies of life:
La vida es bella! Life is Beautiful.
"There are two ways to live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle; You can live as if everything is a miracle..." - Albert Einstein
"You can't control the winds, but you CAN control how you set your sails." - Ralph Marston
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend." - Bruce Lee
Tao Te Ching Chapter 8- "The highest good is like water. Water benefits all the material beings very well, and doesn't contend. It stays at the place where many people think is bad. Therefore, it is close to Tao. Simply, it never contends, so it never errs."
I am professional SPECHTER: SPEaker/coaCH/TrainER taking my new business, "Ivolution Communications" to the next level.
Spending time learning my new home in San Francisco and finding many ways I can to serve my community.
A relentless quest for Peace, Joy and Success.
creating & solving;
tasting, cooking, & eating;
communicating & conversing; and
travelling & exploring.
FOODs: Tum Yum Talay, Macaroni and Cheese (homemade southern style), rotisserie chicken, scallops, scallops wrapped in bacon, ceviché, red bell peppers, bok choi, sweet potatoes (any cooking variation), salmon, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, Shabu (Japanese Fondue), Chicharron en salsa verde, pozole
MUSIC: Way too many to name, but top 5 artists all time are Prince, Celia Cruz, Alicia Keys, Sade: Genres all but especially Salsas & Merengues, Blues, Singer Songwriters, dance music, and "Old School Hip Hop". In general, simply anything that 1) gets my heart pumping and body moving....OR...2) brings serenity to my active thought stream.
BOOKS: (too many to list!) Fiction -'Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's // 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' and 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini // 'The Zahir' and 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho // "To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee // "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel ...and... Anything by Paulo Cohelo, Agatha Christie, Isabel Allende, Nikki Giovani, Gabriel García Márquez, and Stephen King.
Non-Fiction - "Guns, Germs and Steel" // "Talent is Overrated" //'Five languages of Love' // 'Change Anything' // and anything by Farid Zakaria, Jared Diamond or Malcolm Gladwell // My book "Brilliant Diamond SpeechCrafting"when it comes out in December 2013! :-)
POETRY: Maya Angelou // Rumi // Gil Scott Heron // Spoken Word Poetry performances
MOVIES: Life Is Beautiful // It's a Wonderful Life // Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon // Matrix (trilogy) // Pay It Forward // Crash // Seven Pounds // Hero // House of Flying Daggers // Dreamgirls // Rush Hour // What The Bleep Do We Know? // V For Vendetta // The Notebook // Moulin Rouge // The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) // Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain) // Memento // The Sixth Sense // Devdas // Last of the Mohicans // The Motorcycle Diaries //Y Tu Mamá También // Veer-Zaara // The Village // Monsoon Wedding // Spanglish // Like Water for Chocolate // The Waterboy // Airplane! // Liar Liar // Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy // Danny Deckchair //The Tango Lesson // Chicago // Oh Brother Where Art Thou // SOY ANDINA (I AM ANDEAN) // Habana Blues // all Kung Fu movies // most action // most comedies //most romantic comedies
DIRECTORS: Miyazaki Hayao/宮崎 駿 (Howl's Moving Castle & Akira) // Kim Ki-duk/ 김기 (3-Iron & Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring) // Pedro Almodóvar (Volver & Women on Top) // Wachowski Brothers (Matrix 1-3 & V for Vendettra) // Baz Luhrman //Zhang Yimou // Akira Kurosawa/黒澤 明 // Guiellermo Del Toro
DOCUMENTARIES: Babies // Super Size Me // The Corporation // Food Inc. // Fahrenheit 911
CAARTOONS/ANIME: // School House Rock // Thundercats // Rocky and Bullwinkle // Howl's Moving Castle // Mysterious Cities of Gold // Lion King // Mulan // Akira // Super Friends (1970's) // X-Men (all versions)
30 Rock // Daily Show // Colbert Report // Star Trek (all versions) // Heroes // Community // Food Network // Travel Channel // National Geographic // Any TV show by Joss Whedon // Shark Tank // and although I hate to admit it...Glee
active life...including travelling
smartphone & camera
questions (& internet searches as they often = instant answers!)
and of course God.
Hmmm... I used to like the TV show Glee.
My body is Athletic, but I am working on reducing my stomach!