gilarachel
36 Oakland, CA
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My self-summary
Professional writer and teacher, and semi-pro adventurer. I'm passionate about nature, and try to spend as much time as possible out in the fresh air. Optimistic, honest, and sharp-witted--I feel deeply and express with authenticity.
What I’m doing with my life
I write and teach writing and literature at a local college. I regularly publish freelance for several magazines and have just finished my first book. I have a meditation and yoga practice that are major sources of unwinding and joy.
I’m really good at
Listening, conversing, making kombucha, finding the best hiking trails, curiosity, all things food-related, knowing and expressing feelings, speaking up, knowing when silence is golden, and, in general, enjoying life.
The first things people usually notice about me
My vivacious hair and demeanor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Plainwater - Anne Carson
Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
The Next American Essay - Jon D'Agata
Maps to Anywhere - Bernard Cooper
Bluets - Maggie Nelson
Murakami
Jeanette Winterson
What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us - Laura van den Berg
any poem by Robert Bly, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver.

TV: louie, girls, parks and rec, 30 rock, flight of the conchords, arrested development, and i may be one of the last few who still watch and laugh at SNL.
The six things I could never do without
Extra soft toothbrush
Clean fresh air
Fuji apples
meditation
adventure
writing
music
love
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My students, my writing, whatever book I'm reading, the essence of being, how to make the most of this brief and lovely life.
On a typical Friday night I am
There is really no typical Friday night, but in general: reading, eating with friends, dancing, knitting (winter), swimming (summer), walking/gardening (springtime), lighting candles and reading (fall).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I reread my old journals. I'm gluten free :-)
You should message me if
You are Louie Ck, or contain the essence of a Louis Ck-type celestial entity. You are warm and wise and kind and dynamic. You are passionate and ambitious and are proud of the work you do (even if you don't do it professionally) and the person you are. You are able to communicate like a grown up. You value creativity, spirituality, intimacy, honesty, displays of affection. You can look a woman in the eye.
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