OK, this should be easy, a summary of who I am. Well, um..I
don't know !! Perhaps a touch of Alice in Wonderland here.
First memory of self..maybe 1 1/2 years old (?), on the beach at Coney Island (yes, NYC born), breathing in the Atlantic ocean..it filling every space in my being ..every live, dead or otherwise organism in that ocean now dwelt within me and I with them.
Moving on..stream of consciousness style..
I'm a very easy going, caring person; wasn't so much at first, but working with kids for so long...realizing what's truly important ...it's a 'transferable skill set'.
Hiking up Strawberry Canyon a few times a week, surfing the coast, wandering the countryside and back streets in the cities of other countries, eating at outdoor cafe/restaurants and watching the world go by, the sun and moon going up and down, the meetings..partings of kindred souls on their journeys. All filled with wonder.
" I don't believe in....., I just believe in you, Yoko" Thank you J.L.
My kindergarten teacher, Mrs.Rosenberg, said I was on my way to becoming a gang leader.
I'm a red diaper baby, on my father's side.
All my young life, I'd been told," Just wait 'till you're in the army." I was a 'draft counselor' for SDS.
I really like 'Annie's Song', J.D., even though when I lived in Denver, most ridiculed him.
Was a painter..commercial artist in NY, until 23. Spent part of a summer in a big farmhouse, on Ile d' Orleans, an island west of Quebec, covered with farms and second growth trees and a bakery down the road..with my girlfriend and 8 or so total strangers. Saw 1/3 of a rainbow that almost filled the entire sky. Decided it was time to leave NYC.
Was a visiting scholar, of sorts, in Mexico (something to do with ancient astronomy and the number system); in Guatemala was imprisoned..collateral damage.
Wait !!! This is too much. Is this who/what my self is ?
Not to distant from those blind guys describing an elephant, no ?
It's complicated. And then, not so.
Oh, those 'Questions'..Looking them over, compared to someone else, what was I thinking !! Should have filled in more of the 'explain' boxes.