38 Ann Arbor, MI
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My self-summary
I am warm and empathic, intelligent and self-aware, broad-minded and passionate about many things. Boredom is totally foreign to my experience; on the contrary, I frequently get so wound-up with excitement about an idea, a project, or a piece of music that it takes considerable effort to calm my nerves enough to sleep. Hence, my daily meditation practice. ;D

I'm a nature-lover, classically-trained musician & classical audiophile, intuitive bodyworker, amateur dancer, closet orchestra-conductor, and wannabe film critic. I have a master's degree in philosophy, cosmology & consciousness, and bachelor 's degrees in environmental studies and music -- all of which is to say that I am fascinated by just about EVERYTHING. At the end of the day, though, I'm more of a spiritual practitioner than an armchair intellectual.

Those in my inner circle know me to be also deep, wise but humble, generous-spirited, delightfully playful (this guy's inner-child is alive and well!) and quirkily creative (I once constructed a life-size PEZ dispenser out of plumbing parts), dependable for anything, deep-feeling, and passionately committed to personal evolution and living in integrity with my ever-evolving worldview. I'm often told I'd make a great therapist, teacher, parent.
What I’m doing with my life
I serve as a massage therapist and am editor of the local social justice newspaper. I spend much of my free time playing with creative projects, connecting with friends, roaming in nature (birding, hiking, biking, kayaking, bouldering), discovering new music, watching films, reading, dancing, soul-connecting, visioning, and waking up from the dream.

I'm thrilled to be drumming again after a many-year hiatus!
I’m really good at
seeing beauty, open and transparent communication, being vulnerable, being strong, making others feel seen and appreciated, reveling in the sensuousness of experience, drumming, dancing, massaging, writing, teaching, research, being goofy, being sexy, seeing the big picture, making children squeal with glee, fixing anything with items from my junk drawer, losing track of time, sleeping in.
The first things people usually notice about me
My warm smile and sparkling blue eyes, my sincerity and generosity of spirit, my mercurial and unconventional mind, and a certain embodied elegance that I must have gotten from hanging around cats or listening to so much Bach.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Magus, The Little Prince, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Life of Pi, Siddhartha, The Road, A Brief History of Everything, Autobiography of a Yogi, anything by Alan Watts or Ken Wilber.

[ Re-reading: Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek ]

Films: Tree of Life, 8 1/2, Oldboy, Inception, Black Swan, The Fountain, Hugo, Melancholia, Enter the Void, Lord of the Rings, Gosford Park, Crouching Tiger / Hidden Dragon, City of God, City of Lost Children, American Beauty, A Christmas Story, Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski, Kill Bill; anything by the Coen brothers, Kubrick, Scorsese, Inarritu, Ang Lee.

[ Just saw: Force Majeure ]

Music: Classically trained, I can and never will (indeed, have no desire to) escape the orbit of the Great Composers. Bach is my bread and butter. Mahler is the closest thing to my heart in the world. Other old stand-by's: Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Messiaen, Schubert, Stravinsky... (I really could go on forever.) Been getting into jazz, and always appreciate the local folk artists and anything that can inspire my body to get down.

[ Just listened to: 5 different recordings of Brahms' First Symphony ]

Food: I'm a lifelong vegetarian-turned-selective omnivore with a much-moderated but intense snack-tooth. I'm very accepting of others' eating choices. If I could get away with it, I would subsist entirely on Indian food (esp. naan).

[ Just ate: my first $100 meal ]
The six things I could never do without
1. Intimacy (of many varieties, but the physical variety is very important to me)
2. Wildness (both inner and outer manifestations thereof)
3. Music (making and listening to)
4. Children (in all their undiluted magnificence)
5. Elders (when you see everyone as your elder, you know you're onto something...)
6. Popcorn (seriously)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
not thinking so much (!), my life path, our planet's future, beauty in all its forms, sexuality, living mindfully, creative manifestation, how to let go, how to revision the human project, the nature and purpose of evolution (i.e., the meaning of life).

[ Presently thinking about: black holes as eternal information repositories of the cosmos... and sex ]
On a typical Friday night I am
making music, dancing, catching up with friends, gazing at the stars, watching a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I evolve a unique and elaborate communication style with every pet, involving nonsense words and impromptu songs incorporating their various nicknames. Very few people get to see this side of me!
You should message me if
* you are looking to share an occasional magical afternoon or evening with another free spirit

* if you're not looking to simply date but are nonetheless intrigued, you are willing to risk getting close with someone who is still in the process of integrating his last (very recent) relationship

* karmic forces compel you to do so ;)