I returned to the Bay Area a year ago after four years abroad,
traveling, volunteering and teaching English. I found myself at
home in places as diverse as India, Vietnam, Colombia, and Brazil,
and brought back a little of all of these cultures to my life here.
Although I was raised in Kansas, the diversity of cultures and
landscapes of the Bay Area have made this my permanent home. I work
in a nonprofit overseeing a social work division and balance this
with a life of music, spirituality and exercise.
What I’m doing with my life
Living in a city I adore and enjoying the advantages of
stability--building a team at work, developing a piano concert,
meditating, enjoying cultural events, making new friends.
I’m really good at
Languages--I speak Spanish fluently and use it in my work, and pick
up languages quickly.
Playing a haunting Moonlight Sonata and a sexy Claire de Lune, and
belting out tangos and jazz standards.
Keeping my patience in high-stress situations
Surviving in the wilderness, backpacking in the Sierra - the coast
- the Mojave
Cooking international foods, like palak paneer and patacones con
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice...deep and sonorous
My skin...very tan from so much outdoor activities
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Cien Años de Soledad, On the Road, The Shining, And the Band
Played On, Into the Wild, Shantaram, Howard Zinn, John Muir
Movies: Motorcycle Diaries, Cidade de Deus (City of God),
Murderball, Batman, Zeitgeist, James Bond, the Matrix, Dr
Shows: The Office, House of Cards, Coupling, the Daily Show,
Colbert, PBS NewsHour, Simpsons
Music: Jorge Ben Jor, Calle 13, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bob
Marley, Edith Piaf, Carlos Gardel, Seu Jorge, Bollywood, Gabriela
Montero, Manu Chao, John Coltrane, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ray
Charles, the Rolling Stones, Thievery Corporation, Tracy Chapman,
Billy Joel, Buena Vista Social Club, Choquibtown
Food: Sashimi, Chana Masala, Palak Paneer, Patacones con todo,
Panang Curry, Fried Chicken--I will try anything once (including
fried tarantula, steamed paper wasps, and grilled rat in Vietnam).
The six things I could never do without
My digital piano
My backpack full of camping equipment
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How what I am doing fits into my life's purpose, and still living
in the moment because we can take nothing for granted in this life.
On a typical Friday night I am
I love going out to see art or theater, dancing to live music, or
going to a house party.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have been told I give a damn good massage, and I love giving and
You should message me if
you have an independent and adventurous spirit, you dare to be
different, and you enjoy good food, the outdoors and conversation.