Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Ask me instead what is my favorite kind of boat. Houseboat, I'd say
in a second. I would definitely like to get one sometime, load it
up with good food, drink and books and disappear for many days into
some coves. And what is my favorite kind of word? Compound -- e.g.
houseboat, boathouse, catfish, sweetheart.
I don't have a favorite animal, but if asked which I'd be I'd have
to say sea otter, (due to sea otters' ability to build giant rafts
of themselves and their loved ones tied together with
What else? Favorite far-distant ancestor: the honorable Scottish
outlaw Jamie MacPherson. Favorite family activity: telling stories.
My three favorite first-person stories involve a copperhead, a
supernatural thing, and a magical evening when I once put out a
cigarette in a woman's designer purse that I thought was an art
deco ashtray. All of which, I suddenly realize, feature compound
words, and all of which I've told this summer! It's been a great
summer -- I've spent a lot of time nourishing good friendships and
making new ones.
Other things I love: roads -- country roads and city roads --
woods, mountains, bodies of water and my home. My home, and the
desire to just drive. I've loved every home in which I've ever
lived, even those that were not in nice places or easy times.
What I’m doing with my life
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Teaching and learning, writing, working, cooking late dinners,
listening to buses and birds.
I’m really good at
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Talking, listening, understanding. Shaking my tail in various
genres (currently I enjoy salsa dancing). Getting into humorously
strange situations . . . learning and not learning from my
mistakes. Making fried okra. Sensuality in general.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Hopefully not some kind of scene I'm causing!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I'll just say it's very eclectic. I'm talking fresh brie and cheap
beer, bluegrass and rap. . . the gamut.
I have an MFA in poetry, so most of my favorite reads are sadly
known only to others who have an MFA in poetry. But what is my
single most life-changing poem, you ask? "At Pleasure Bay" by
Robert Pinsky. (Note: I said 'most life-changing' -- I don't have a
favorite poem -- more like a top-five list that includes about
Other favorite reads include Speak, Memory (autobiography of
Vladmir Nabokov), The Autobiography of Red (novel in verse by Anne
Carson) and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Well, very important things include a bedroom window and
comfortable shoes. And here's an interesting observation I've just
made: the two spices I go through fastest are nutmeg and Old Bay.
That's probably unusual; I reckon for most people it's oregano,
curry or cumin -- maybe cinnamon for the big french toast eaters
out there -- and perhaps Old Bay. But I go through nutmeg like
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm as green as the next guy, but I hate riding bikes. It scares me
a lot and hurts my bum. When it comes to moving my unenclosed body
through space, dancing is a great speed for me. (I also prefer the
rush I get from my own heart on cross country skis in deep wooded
silence to the rush of the slopes). All that said, I will and do
both bike and alpine ski under very certain conditions, and in
support of a great adventure with an awesome person (like my son).
(But even he can't get me on a roller coaster).
You should message me if
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You are my heart's champion. Or, you think we can have a good time.
Or you want to know some good uses for nutmeg . . . clearly, I have
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