Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I sit, smiling and savoring, looking out the window at the
landscape receiving our vital Portland rain. The inward journey is
welcomed in this envelope, and I treasure it. I tend toward
introspection and find the world a wonderful place in which to
explore- both the places I experience around me and the awareness
gained internally through the world I touch.
I am at home in the world and love to move comfortably about in it.
I struggle with my own demons but strive to employ useful
strategies for learning and growth rather than allowing myself to
sink into despair over my inadequacies. I am not proud of
everything I've ever done; I am pleased to be the person I have
become through mistakes and blunders as well as through compassion
and acceptance. I could be kinder to myself and know that it is my
own responsibility to find health and balance.
My aging body reminds me that a well-cared-for vessel is the best
container for a vital soul. I strive to keep myself fit knowing
that I must accept the process of change that is our physical
We humans are studies in contradiction. I love to ponder the
workings of the mind, the body, and the connections between them
and between us all... which makes me what most would consider
fairly spiritually oriented. Which is an accurate description -
unless it stops there. Because for me spirituality is as much about
the questions and the doubt as about belief. It's all a wonder. And
I love to wonder. I also love to land solidly in friendships and
community and hope one day to land in relationship with a partner
who sheds welcome light on my life and likes the light I shed on
Movement and music play huge roles in my life. I love to dance but
do not do so in any "form." I strive to have and feel, internally
and externally, a balance of strength, flexibility, and sweetness
in my life.
What I’m doing with my life
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Home renovation/remodeling is receiving a fair amount of my energy
at this juncture. Design, aesthetics, form and function are
delights to me. I have great fun playing with my home as a canvas.
I regularly practice yoga at a studio and get out to listen to jazz
or other good music as often as I reasonably can. I enjoy food and
really like to cook. I tend toward things green and of vegetable
nature but am happily omnivorous. I have a less than conventional
lifestyle in some ways but am really quite normal.
I have fairly recently traveled in east and central southern Africa
where common language is not a given for me, where streets are dark
when the sun goes down. Where music seeps from many sources and
sometimes overtakes me. Where color is a riot and proximity has a
whole new meaning. This dizzies my brain and exhausts my capacities
at times. It humbles me and feeds me and shows me what I am made
of. And not.
I am fascinated by how people navigate their lives and by who we
are internally as well as contextually. I am intrigued by varying
cultures and how the integration of all aspects of life work in
them. Community is really something. We are all products of it - by
birth, by geography, by culture, by choice. As mature adults with
what do we choose to surround ourselves? My desire is to learn and
stretch and become more fully myself through understanding a
broader community. Sometimes we get stuck in beliefs about who we
are just because we've never noticed or investigated other ways of
being. Oh, what a lot there is to learn.
I’m really good at
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finding beauty in ordinary things. Listening. Facilitating.
Cooking. Expressing myself if I am motivated to do so. Teaching.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books and movies are always about what I have experienced recently
because there are thousands in my history and I don't wanna think
Books: Lots. I'm ready to read one I just love.
Recently appreciated film: Blue Jasmine, Enough Said
LIVE Music I've loved in the past year:
Modern Jazz Quartet Tribute
Deborah and Dani Gurgel
Art Resnick Trio
Favorite Spins of late:
Brecker Brothers - various cuts
Tom Scott's version of Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Ahmad Jamal's 2012 album release: Blue Moon and his classic The
I love to cook it, eat it, look at it, savor it. Colorful
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Laughter and tears. Words in all forms. MUSIC and movement.
Intimacy with people I love.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
how I've come to be who I am with all the attendant sweetness and
longing and tenderness and fear. About how to be of service in this
world while sustaining myself. About the celebration and lamenting
of our divine humanity. And about what my palate and soul desire -
so that I may return from shopping with the right ingredients.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
a) asleep in front of the fireplace with my book, my cat, and my
drink at my side.
b) inhaling deeply as I walk amidst the fragrances of the evening,
dusking houses coming to warm light as the evening overtakes
c) taking in some of the excellent music Portland has to offer -
likely jazz. Oh how I love it.
d) dancing at an undisclosed location.
e) savoring the deliverance of day to night over happy hour with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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is that I have made some serious mistakes in my life from which I
continue to learn and grow. I've been questioned about my
willingness to put this out there as an introduction... I see it as
an offering of truth and a willingness to be real. Are you?
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