Language can be gorgeous, and I adore the poetic, but words have their place. I like it best when words are hardly necessary.
More and more I appreciate music (my tastes aren't very sophisticated but they are eclectic) and being outdoors. And since it's just so damn good for you, I'm also learning to meditate and to practice mindfulness.
As heady as I tend to be, I'm smart enough to know that wisdom and joy live in the whole body. This year I've decided I want to learn how to play ice hockey, and so far have improved enough to go from barely skating backwards to playing a full on game of shinny with women at Dufferin Grove Park.
I like ideas (a lot) and action (almost as much). I'm passionate and sensual. When I love people, I do so wholeheartedly.
I adore my ten year old son (who lives with me half the time). He keeps reminding me how to play in sillier ways. Parenting him is a joy and a big part of my life.
My politics are important to me; they're decidedly leftist, and I orient my (academic and other) work life toward social and environmental justice.
I'd make a more than credible boy scout because I believe in treating people and places in such a way that they should never be worse off than when I found them.