What do you tell strangers to let them know you without really knowing you? Do I tell you that I’ve touched a shark in the wild? Or that friends describe me as “both creative and grounded”, loyal, smart, generous and honest? That I’ve traveled to all but two continents? That I’m an occasional poet, a scientist, a craftsperson? I am observant, inquisitive, curious and full of wonder. I try to spend as much time looking up as I do out/down; you miss a lot if you don’t look up. I've run into inanimate objects this way, but the views were worth it.
I am fascinated by different cultures and landscapes but firmly believe that the Pacific Northwest is the only place to call home. Travel feeds my soul and provides fodder for my art. I am fortunate to have traveled extensively. Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is part of what makes me who I am. I have learned that there are always multiple, valid viewpoints and many ways to approach something. That said, as much as I relish traveling to other parts of the world, I am just as happy to head off into the woods or up a stream or to a backcountry lake. I am equally content to be at home.
Family is very important to me; I see my folks regularly -- they aren’t getting any younger and I choose to take advantage of what time we have together. That said, they still drive me crazy sometimes, but I know they mean well and they love me. My friends are equally cherished; I am blessed to have a small circle of truly good friends for whom I’d do just about anything and who love me despite having seen me at, or through, my worst.
I’m a bit of a romantic, but acknowledge that not everyone is. I believe in common courtesy and know what a rare trait it is to possess common sense. While I’m not looking for someone who meets a predetermined laundry list of desirable attributes, I do find the following characteristics attractive: creativity, intelligence, independence, open-mindedness, caring, compassion, stability, practicality, balanced idealism and realism, honesty, loyalty, gentleness. It’s probably important that you can accept that my hands are soil- or dye-stained as often as they are not and that I’m more comfortable with a circular saw than a make-up brush. Don’t stop; keep reading. I clean up well and enjoy an evening out as much as anyone. I simply find myself drawn to activities that lend themselves to jeans. I’m feminine, but not a girly-girl and am comfortable with who I am.