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My self-summary
Nothing I could write in this box could come close to summarizing me, but I'll try! I'm a storyteller, an optimist, a skeptical romantic, a believer in the power of a solid persuasive essay, an educator/writer who has a low tolerance for rigid thinking and/or willful ignorance, and a pragmatic and deeply curious dreamer who believes that change is possible - but not necessarily comfortable.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a college Humanities instructor (who used to work in retail to support my "teaching hobby") turned freelance writer. I write -- all the time -- and I have never been professionally happier in my life.
I’m really good at
Seeing the big picture, telling the truth (even when it's difficult), being optimistic, and finding the silver lining.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes and my smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love reading and usually have at least three books going at a time:

January 2016
Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockman
The Civilian's Guide to the U.S. Military by Dr. Barbara Schading
The Death of Frank Sinatra by Michael Ventura

My favorite movies are Heat, The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Sucker Punch, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I listen to all kinds of music, and I am not a music snob. My all-time favorite group is Dream Theater (I can't wait for The Astonishing release on Jan 29!!). Currently, I'm listening to a mix of Niia, Toril and Moi, Naxxos, The Smiths, The Rippingtons, Bruno Mars, Bastille, Claire McGuire, Jessie Ware, Nell Bryden, Enigma, One Republic, Ed Sheeran, Jesse Ware, Clean Bandit, Helen Jane Long, Adele, and Justin Bieber's song "What Do You Mean?" (Don't be a hater, it's got a great beat and the lyrics make me feel sympathy for you guys!).

I don't own a television, but I like Luther, The Wire, Fringe, Scandal, The Mind of a Chef, The Daily Show, Suits, The West Wing, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Black Mirror, Arrow, Nurse Jackie and Downton Abbey.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, books, my iPhone, the Duolingo app, lingerie, and Uniball Signo RT 0.38 gel pens.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people find it so hard to simply be kind to one another, and why more people don't question information they're given.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am a living, breathing paradox.
You should message me if
You are looking to meet interesting people, engage in lively conversations, and make new friends.

You understand what it means to actually be ethically non-monogamous.

You laugh easily and can make me laugh.

You've ever dated (or have read about dating) an Aquarius woman and you understand what you're in for.

You sport scruff and/or have a British, Irish or Scottish accent (but if you have both...holy moly!) <---NOT a deal breaker, by the way, just a bonus.

You get why the gun battle outside of the bank in Heat is the best 30-minutes in film history.

You can quote lines from The Big Lebowski.

You believe that "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

You don't assume that meeting up with someone is an invitation to have sex and, as a result, can begin a conversation with something other than, "So, what kind of sex do you like?" Seriously, gentlemen. Seriously.