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 fulfilling.
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 snowshoeing.
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 birthday).
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
Bad puns (which I mostly keep to myself - OK, sometimes keep to myself)
Finding lost items (unless I’m the one who lost them, of course)
Making guacamole that puts a smile on people’s faces
Listening and hearing what people are saying
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!!!)
- being mentally active
- being honest
- interesting music
- a sense of humor
- my daughter (not a thing, yes I know…)
(not necessarily in that order)