Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
"We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we
stop playing." George Bernard Shaw
Shaw said it better than I could, but it is true. Life is what you
make of it, and I am busy trying to make each day count.
I am a teacher /scientist /cook /gardener /photographer
/woodworker. I love to laugh and enjoy good food, good music, and
good company. I have recently moved to the midwest after many years
in New England (Near Boston). I have family "roots" in Iowa, and
find myself feeling right at home where I live now.
I teach biology to college students, which I enjoy immensely. I
teach topics related to health care, nutrition, and general
biology. Long ago I was in cancer research, which was very
interesting, but I find that teaching is much more
My sense of humor is robust and multi-layered. I find humor in many
different situations, and enjoy helping others laugh. As you might
guess, I am generally pretty light-hearted, and can be downright
silly at times. But I can also be as serious as I need to be, in
any given situation. In general I feel that life is too short to…
(well, see below).
I enjoy being outdoors, being physically active, taking photos of
people, nature, and old buildings. Some of my favorites physical
activities include bicycling, swimming, running, hiking, and
I use the nickname Heiko with friends, instead of the name I was
given at birth (Gary). I’ve changed gradually over the past few
years, becoming more centered, much happier, and just more alive.
The name Heiko just feels like it fits better now. Heiko was the
name of one of my grandfather’s brothers, and I always liked the
name, and him. (you can see a photo of the two of us on his 90th
Life is too short to:
- not laugh every day
- not be sincere
- not cook and eat real food
- take yourself too seriously
- not enjoy live music
- not care about people
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to truly enjoy every day of it. Envisioning the ideal
teacher, and trying to be more like them. At the same time trying
to inject humor into as many situations as possible. Hoping to find
an similarly irreverent soulmate (if such a thing is possible).
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Appreciating the good in people
Bad puns (which I mostly keep to myself - OK, sometimes keep to
Finding lost items (unless I’m the one who lost them, of
Making guacamole that puts a smile on people’s faces
Listening and hearing what people are saying
The first things people usually notice about me
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My smile and my laugh, at least I think so. What will you notice?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I like to read, and I love books (and bookstores, and libraries). I
don’t read as much fiction as I might (I'm busy reading
non-fiction, plus I am somewhat dyslexic), but my favorite authors
include Ursula LeGuin and John Steinbeck.
I like many types of music… various types of rock, blues, jazz,
reggae, r&b, techno… (not a fan of opera, and most country
music doesn’t do much for me)
I really enjoy movies! (especially with good company and/or a
kindred spirit) What kinds of movies? Comedies (of course) but also
action films, dramas, romances, and others. Independent and foreign
films can be very fun. A few of my favorites are: An Unfinished
Life, Being There, Do The Right Thing, Frida, Pow-Wow Highway, Run
Lola Run, Sliding Doors, Soul Kitchen, Stand and Deliver, Under the
Same Moon, and Whale Rider.
I am BIG fan! (BIG!!!)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- being physically active
- being mentally active
- being honest
- interesting music
- a sense of humor
- my daughter (not a thing, yes I know…)
(not necessarily in that order)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
re-inventing some of my favorite recipes from days past! At one
time I knew them by heart so I did not write them all down... (I
wish I had)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
It varies a lot - perhaps relaxing at home, sometimes out with
friends. Usually nothing that could seriously compete with an offer
of good food with the right company.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have only lived in TV-free households since about 1980. (it frees
up a LOT of time...)
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