53 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
I still believe in all those old-fashioned radical values like the power of love and awakening. For better or worse, I always seem to be drawn toward the less-trodden path. Art and creative pursuits have served me well along this road. Caring for myself and others around me is also important. In that vein, food is like a sacrament to me- growing it, preparing it, and the simple, sensual pleasure of eating it. Sharing meals and good conversation together with close friends is one of the cornerstones of life at home.
I am a half-time mom with an outrageous, delightful 20-year-old daughter who keeps me entrenched in popular culture whether I like it or not. Parenting has been a humbling, yet rewarding endeavor. She’s off to college now, so I am rejoicing in a bit more freedom in my life lately. I like the idea of being with someone who has an appreciation for the parenting experience.
I am unusual in that I actively reside in both hemispheres of my brain - I appreciate a clever proof of the law of cosines just as much as a sublime translation of Rilke. I have had many different fulfilling careers and I am often not satisfied with ’ordinary’. I’ve traveled far and wide, both internationally and across the hills and valleys of my own inner landscape. I’m not afraid of the darkness of my own being, and I often find insight and nourishment there.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m trained in body-based therapy and I really enjoy working in a field that combines the beauty and wisdom of mindfulness and current research in neuroscience. I like to be reminded every day that the psyche has this unerring drive to heal itself and I feel fortunate to be there to witness it in each of my clients. I also appreciate that working in the midst of difficulties encourages honesty, risk taking and authentic conversation and connection.
Even though I enjoy my work, I still have plenty of time to indulge in other endeavors, like taking care of my garden, taking classes at Portland Underground Graduate School, taking climate change seriously, just plain hanging out, or whatever else strikes my fancy.
I’m really good at
Someone once said that I am well-versed in the art of doing absolutely nothing. I'm also good at being patient; hanging out with my cats; avoiding taking out the compost; making things out of clay, paper, beads, almost anything; keeping it together, letting it fall apart, putting it back together; making sushi; lounging in bed, preferably with company;
The first things people usually notice about me
I am really tall. Seriously. I look like an athlete, but I’m not. The surfer photo is really just false advertising.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Sun, the magazine and the celestial body, avocado sushi, Billy Collins’ poems, White Bird dance. SE Food carts, Rob Bresny’s Pronoia, Jerry. But truthfully, tomorrow this list would be totally different.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My body and what it’s trying to tell me, cultural upheaval and climate change, my next meal, numbers and how they express the intricate beauty of the physical world, making things out of my imagination, making out, not in that order
On a typical Friday night I am
Checking out a new local restaurant, searching out an edgy performance art piece, hanging out w friends, cozying up on the couch with a good video and a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
You should message me if
You are bright, curious, creative and self aware. Your shortcomings are a necessary part of your somewhat eccentric nature. You know how to take care of yourself, which means a lot more than hitting the gym 3 times a week. You see relationship as a path to self exploration and can be both serious and playful in that pursuit. You’re good with your hands. You have an appreciation of good food, good conversation and the preciousness of this particular moment right here and now.