Years of personal and spiritual questing now finds me calling myself an agnostic that is still striving to understand "the mind of God" and how it integrate into most of our lives. When it comes to the ritual expression of my spiritually, I am more comfortable with pagan practices in general and particularly drawn to Celtic and Native American ways.
Politically, as many of us here, I lean liberal and still believe we can improve the world one vote at a time. Stewardship of the environment and tolerance for our diversities, both human and in all the other forms life takes, are passions of mine.
On the home front, I'm in the middle of modifying my home to living green and hope someday to share this space with friends. Would even be especially nice to create such a space together. Some of the plans envisions a meditation garden on the grounds. Also, a vegetable garden located on the roof in order to eat healthier while keeping it out of reach of the deer population and also better insulating the home. And of course creating comfortable areas in and out to share from time to time with close friends and family.
On the lighter side drawn to folk music, hot tubs and campfires and other places that spirit gathers. Enjoying time spent sailing, be it on a lake or ocean. Also very drawn to the country, having moved to NWNJ, where life comes at you a bit slower and nature seems a little closer. The days here might be enjoyed tending to a country garden or swimming in the local lake. Hiking or cycling to enjoy nature while trying to stay healthy. Riding a motorcycle or taking the old convertible for a spin down a county road. We might be going to find farm fresh produce or home made pies. It might be to spend time at a classic car show, a craft fair, a pagan picnic, a nudist camp or a weekend workshop or any gathering of good friends or family. Often sharing a glass of wine, good meal and great conversation. For now, these are some of the pieces of my life and what I hope to share.
And this year I took a trip to Europe, to reconnect with roots in Portugal, Had a wonderful time and will definitely be spending more time there in future.
Also a fair amount of energy goes into improving this home as an on going project. Doing much of the work myself is very rewarding and cost effective, making it all possible. It would be wonderful to find others passionate about living green and helping each other to create and share such a place.
If we don't reach for the brass ring in life, it will not likely come our way. For many of us that are familiar with the work of Joseph Campbell, one piece of important advice about living a successful life rings true. "Follow your bliss" and the rest will work itself out
When I was young: "Animal Farm" and "The Agony and the Ecstasy".
Later on: "Illusions", "A Road Less Traveled" and "A Brief History of Time"
Recently: "My Life, Bill Clinton" and "An Assault on Reason".
And my favorite of all time: "Love is Letting Go of Fear".
A simple book with a major message for most of us.
Movies just to name a few:
It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, The African Queen,
The Razor's Edge (remake starring Bill Murray),
Phenomenon, Dune, Star Wars (Episode V),
Dances with Wolves, A Good Year and Gladiator
with too many more too list.
Songs I always enjoy:
Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"
John Newton's "Amazing Grace"
Cathy Winter's "Heretic Heart"
John Lennon's "Imagine"
Bette Midler's "The Rose"
And I do believe that best expressed in the words of Rumi ......
'Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes ... For those who have loved with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation'.
And you've also wondered if we can be similar enough for the foundation of a great friendship and diverse enough to be interesting companions on life's journey.