I feel deeply and try hard to find answers, but life is not all serious. There is a silly streak that runs down my back. Laughter is essential.
I love to be active and engage challenges. A few years ago I took up kayaking as a way to get out on Lake Michigan. The view of the city from the lake is breathtaking. I have a motorcycle named Moonlightning, but I am in no way a "biker." I prefer the term "rider" and love those moments on the bike when I am in tune with the machine. Sweeping around a curve at a speed just this safe side of reckless focuses one completely. Life's cares vanish.
I love to dance and feel that dancing is a way to put the joy of life into one's feet. I have taken ballroom dancing lessons, but I am not couch 'tater watching "Dancing With the Stars." I spend very little time in front of a television. Too passive, although I do like MSNBC, C-SPAN and their kin.
"Truth is beauty, beauty truth." That's Keats. Yeats and cummings rate high too. These reflect my aesthetic side. I am an accomplished photographer who exhibits at summer art fairs and does commercial jobs as they appear. I target small and medium-sized businesses; for the most part, I dislike large corporations. My guiding aesthetic principle comes from cummings: "I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement."
My senses crave stimulation. Care to take a walk as the sun sets on the Chicago Botanic Garden? Or perhaps you would prefer to take in a Millennium Park concert after a visit to the Art Institute. A strong wind in my face appeals too as do toe-tapping music or even opera.
Now and then, I enjoy camping, and over the years have backpacked in wildernesses. I take much pride in having soloed across Zion National Park (6 days) and in a remote region of the Grand Canyon (also 6 days), but I am not a recluse. I enjoy and am looking for good company.
Would you like to come along on this adventure?