“I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing...if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive...I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human."
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
”Don't choose me because I am faithful,
Don't choose me because I am kind.
If your heart settles on me, I'm for the taking.
Take me for longing or leave me behind."
~ Alison Krauss
“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person's essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
~ Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Are you insatiably curious, hopelessly in love with the wonder-filled, beautiful and heartbreaking roller coaster of experience? Do you long to live authentically and make a real difference?
Like many, I'm a passel of paradoxes: passionate and peaceful, serious and humorous, mature and playful, geeky and normal. Words (reading and writing), music (listening and performing), practicing Zen, and promoting Sudbury schooling are my main passions. I believe in reason, compassion, pragmatism, wonder, and integrity. I don’t believe in boredom: the world is too full of fascination, and the value of stillness and emptiness is too often underestimated. While I cherish solitude, I crave connection and a world-expanding partnership.
And in case this profusion of prose isn't enough, you're welcome to check out my blog, Write Learning (.wordpress.com).