Onceascotsman
38 Green Brae, CA
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My self-summary
I like the idea that it takes a long time to really unravel a person's story. And now that I am in my thirties, the story is always a little longer, a little more complex, and a little trickier to unravel. But I love the process of finding the truth of people's stories.
What I’m doing with my life
About two and a half years ago, I started my own business with the goal of helping high school students navigate the college process. After spending my entire career working at institutions, both locally and internationally, I feel extremely fortunate to have the freedom and responsibility that comes with running my own business.
I’m really good at
Building stone walls. Yup, I spend every summer in the highlands of Scotland doing just that!
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, if it's my family, they usually comment on the increasing amount of gray hair I have. Ah, genetics! I have very blue eyes; people sometimes comment on them. And once I start to talk, people identify a strange accent. What they are hearing is a Scottish accent that has been diluted over the past twenty years of living away from Scotland, where I was born and raised.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Scent of a Woman
Remember the Titans
Before Sunrise
Mumford and Sons
Coldplay
Damien Rice
Fleet Foxes
The six things I could never do without
Milk tea (well, and green tea, too)
Bananas
Long hiking trails
Great conversation
Books
Live music
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have written two books and am working on a third. I don't imagine any of them will ever be published, and I am totally fine with that. It's the act of writing them that matters to me most.
You should message me if
You love great conversation and are excited about being really known.
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