Personality-wise I’m down to earth, warm and caring. I do my best to live with simple integrity while retaining a healthy dose of mirth and humor. That includes a big deep laugh I’m proud of, even if it causes me some embarrassment from time to time.
I believe spirituality is integral to human wholeness. Spending time outdoors (getting muddy & dirty as hell every once in a while), listening to live music, dancing, and all of that kinda good stuff are also integral to my wholeness. And sometimes expressions of my spirituality.
Random tidbits about me: my passions for coffee and microbrew beer border on snobbery. Once upon a time I got a black belt in taekwondo. Now I’m learning aikido. In college I studied philosophy and balanced the headiness of that pursuit by learning to blacksmith …I figure everyone needs a post-apocalyptic skill to two. I meditate daily, but haven’t quite perfected the Jedi mind trick.
I do my best to workout (gym, martial arts, yoga) 2 or 3 times a week, and these days I actually seem to get there more often than not. Sometimes it feels a little vacuous, but the commitment to the discipline & being in my body is a great thing ...I also love the endorphin rush at the end.
My friends are really important to me, typical evenings together could include karaoke or pool at a dive bar or playing board games with wine and great conversation. In any given evening we can move from highbrow "deep" conversations to really lowbrow/raunchy humor and back without skipping a beat.
2. Looking good in a kilt. Granted any man with cojones and confidence to rock a kilt is generally considered to be hot. But some men do it better than others (you gotta have good legs), and I do. And anyway, isn't bragging what this little text box is all about?
Also: Hugging, cuddling, laughing and being teased. Oh yeah, and blushing. Much as a hate to admit it, and much to my friends pleasure, I blush pretty easily.
I also love podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, and on Being are three that I listen to almost every week.
As for books: I read a lot. As a doctorate student books on psychology, religion, spirituality, community, sexuality, and counseling are always close at hand. When I'm reading for myself I like to mix it up: The Healing Wisdom of Africa, Blink, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Speaking of Silence, Here: Bullet, Songs of Ice and Fire, The Dresden Files, The Wheel of Time. I also love creative non-fiction of all stripes from the New Yorker to David Sedaris.
Food: I'm game to try most things at least once. Especially if it's Indian or Nepali. I'm digging living in the Bay and trying all sorts of new things. In my own cooking (which I'm pretty good at) I tend toward the spicier side of things.