Here's a poem of mine, called
sleepy green invitation
cradle of infant trees
hopeful conifers sprouting
vying for the big time
careful: it's a forest out there
I moved to the White Mountains as the realization of a lifelong
dream. I have a small house, a big vegetable garden, an herb garden
and neglected flower beds. I love to run, hike, bicycle, read,
cook, knit, garden, laugh, write poetry, speak French, learn from
people, tell the truth (even when it's hard), encourage people,
dance (ballroom and 2 step especially), bird-watch, make love, help
people, receive help, create, and be in the moment. I have a nine
year old child and a border collie-Afghan hound mix. Allergic to
What I’m doing with my life
I have a psychotherapy practice in my small town and I also do
private eldercare to help pay the bills. I am involved in my kid's
school, I volunteered for the Obama campaign, I'm minimally active
at my synagogue (if I liked it better there I'd be more active),
I'm trying to keep working on poetry, and I'm developing my garden
more each year. This includes shrinking parts of it.
I’m really good at
Imagining, writing, playing the question game, listening,
forgiving, speaking French, making up goofy songs, doing crossword
puzzles, getting distracted in my garden, connecting to people,
ignoring dirty dishes. I am smart, funny, kind, inquisitive,
poetic, active and discerning. I have my share of contradictions:
I'm tender and sharp, gentle and assertive, accepting and
The first things people usually notice about me
That I really listen to them, I laugh a lot (when appropriate!),
I'm smart, I'm friendly, I seem very confident.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm going to list authors rather than books. Louise Erdrich,
Anne Tyler, Anne Lamott, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Sebold, Yann
Martel (Life of Pi; ok, I listed a book), John Hersey, Emma Donogue
(everyone must go read Room right now, it is amazing), Ira Levin,
Movies: Frankie & Johhny, Dangerous Laisons, The Fabulous Baker
Boys, Entre Nous, Le Diner des Cons, Young Frankenstein, A Thousand
Acres, Ethan Frome, Diva, Subway, Million Dollar Baby, The Talented
Mr Ripley, Good Will Hunting, Sophie's Choice, many Steve Martin
Shows: Broadway? Have seen only a few. TV? Don't have TV but on
Friday nights at work I watch Chopped and Say Yes To the Dress. I
loved Little House on the Prairie and Homicide and I am interested
in Oz and Treme. I thought Sex and the City was overrated.
Music: Celtic, old country, folk, jazz, blues, some African, some
Food: vegetarian, French, Indian, Thai, sushi (I eat fish),
anything made with quality ingredients, a deft hand and a little
imagination or, on the other hand, an appreciation of the marvel
that good food simply cooked can be.
The six things I could never do without
Things, not people: running shoes, hiking boots, a garden, books, a
cast iron skillet, pen and paper (they count as one).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what it will take to get single-payer health care for NH. It took
VT ten years and they had the help of Bernie Sanders. I am eager to
find out what if any efforts are being made on this and to get
involved. I believe it will be a long slow road.
On a typical Friday night I am
working at my weekend job, which is taking care of an elderly woman
in her home. But before I had that job, and in the I-hope-near
future when I won't need that job anymore, you could find me
lighting the Sabbath candles w/my child, sharing Sabbath dinner
w/friends, at Scottish country dancing, or home just the two of us
(me and said kid), reading and relaxing. Maybe going out, but I'm
more likely to go out on a Saturday. Or a weeknight.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not the master of my domain.
You should message me if
any of this resonates with you.