Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am a native Californian, born in Berkeley, raised in Sacramento,
and then back to Berkeley where I attended UC Berkeley and then
married and raised a family in Berkeley. I am a child of the 1960s.
Many of my younger friends remark that my life parallels that of
I was an intern in Washington DC where I met President John F.
Kennedy and participated in the Martin Luther King March on
Washington. I was a student radical, arrested in the Free Speech
Movement, was a member of the civil rights organization CORE, and
went to Bogalusa LA one summer in a voters registration drive.
While I was somewhat skeptical of the Summer of Love hippies I was
drawn to the San Francisco poets who gathered in North Beach.
I married in 1970, moved to Vancouver BC for a while where we lived
in a commune and built a wonderful cabin in NW British Columbia. I
was married to my husband and lived with him in Berkeley for almost
37 years. He died in 2001. We had two children, a boy and a girl.
My son practices Chinese medicine in Blue Springs (Kansas City) MO
of all places and has an 18 year and 5 year old son. My daughter
lives in Berkeley (her daughter is just 6 months old).
I worked for twenty years for public policy think tanks, primarily
in the area of K-12 education policy, because I believed that
schools were one of the institutions still alive and vital to the
inner city and minority community. Interestingly, this belief led
me to question my liberal or progressive assumptions, and I became
much more interested in conservative or libertarian ideas when I
realized that the progressive movement was bankrupt. My work in
education reform has taken me to the California legislature, to
Washington D.C., to schools in the inner cities of Oakland and
Richmond, and finally to Iraq, where I worked with the US
government to rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Education. Much of my
research, once considered anti-progressive (charter schools,
standards based curriculum, high standards for teachers) is now
being promoted by the Obama administration.
I have been a seeker of freedom and happiness all my life. Although
my professional career was exciting and rewarding, I believe that
true happiness and the freedom to pursue it will come to me
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I am recently retired and trying to decide what I will do when I
grow up! People of my generation (Baby-Boomers) are a huge bulge in
the demographics in this country. The 55+ generation has much to
contribute (and a long life ahead to be able to do so) to their
community and nation. I want to work with some of the organizations
that can mobilize this important but often neglected sector.
I am also able now to turn my writing and research skills to
creative writing and am writing a novel. And I am continuing my
life long seeking to be free and happy!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I am a people person. I like people and they like me. I use my
research, journalism, and community organizing skills to get
insights into people and their deepest thoughts and desires. I am
interested in astrology and use what I learn from my family's and
friends' charts to help them understand their reality. The art of
astrology (and others such as Tarot) are based on hundreds of years
and thousands of observations, more than those from psychology or
more recently the self-help movement.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I read quite a bit and a wide range. I enjoy mysteries (Michael
Connelly) for light reading. One of my favorite spiritual books is
Be Here Now (Ram Das). I recently read Masque of Africa (V S
Naipaul) and am currently reading Clouds of Witness, stories of
those Russians held in the Gulag and who were profoundly affected
by their interactions with Father Arseny, a Russian Orthodox priest
who spent most of his life in Soviet prisons.
I love good independent and foreign movies. My favorite all time
movie is 400 BLows (Trauffaut). My favorite musicians are Bob
Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder.
I enjoy food but need to watch my diet carefully.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
A life companion
My spiritual teacher
Books (hope they keep public libraries open)
My sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The nature of reality, who and what am I? How can I be truly happy?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
At a great indie movie that just opened. Being retired though,
every night is Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Living in the Bay Area and especially in Berkeley I am part of a
very progressive community but am myself quite libertarian (some
might say conservative) and sometimes I feel I need to keep those
views private. While I am very tolerant of most political views, I
often encounter many who are not. While freedom and happiness can
be achieved partially through politics, there is no one answer, no
one knows for sure the truth. After 9/11 I went a bit nuts (say as
Christopher Hitchens did) and even went to Iraq to work with the US
occupation. That confounded so many of my friends!
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