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My self-summary

Welcome. I'm a pain in the ass with a big heart. I am not succinct. I am excellent in the kitchen, excellent at the spoken and written word, and need some help with decor. I'm well-traveled and well-read, and I plan to travel and read a great deal more.

I judge ice cream lines by their strawberry. Some of them need to taste a hell of a lot more like strawberries. Actually, let's just get a lot of strawberries. No, I said a lot. Did you bring any strawberries for yourself because this flat is mine. I get a little a possessive around large amounts of summer fruit.

I am loyal but not easy, and I love narrative and non-narrative equally. I can be easily distracted.

I dream of following in E.B. & Katharine White's footsteps quite often.

Unions and public servants and universal human rights, I like those. I'm the daughter of a nurse-midwife and a social worker, and I'm an artist and librarian, and if none of that makes any sense to you, this probably won't be a go.
What I’m doing with my life
I read books to children, I instruct others how to read books to children, and I spend a lot of time pursuing that unusually public thing that is the public library. Sometimes in small rooms, sometimes on islands. One of these days the New York Post is going to do an expose on my tendency toward real talk with toddlers. I have a complex professional past and present.

Above all, I am given to telling stories, and being there when stories are told.
I’m really good at
Loud laughter. Syntax. Stocking a cupboard. Listening and interrupting. Equivocation.
The first things people usually notice about me
Freckles in the eyes. Sharp tongue. Dirty shoes.

What you see is more what you get than it used to be--but I still think there's an element of deception or surprise. I seem to have hidden depths.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I own a lot of cookbooks. I'm also partial to transcendentalists and New Englanders and Dorothy Allison and James Baldwin and Jane Austen and trashy science fiction and excellent science fiction and anything else I can get my hands on. Mean stories, from any era. Walt Whitman and Maurice Sendak, and, well, many things. If you recommend books to me, I tend to actually read them. I read a lot of crap too, and these days I read a lot of great books for children and young adults.

Horn sections. Damn I love those.

I probably haven't seen too many of the movies you love. Please enjoy educating me. Or don't. Except I won't watch most horror movies. I get scared.

I love love love watching anyone do anything with great competence, or talk about how they love their job. Documentaries and DVD extras provide this pleasure in spades.

Food. Produce. In large quantities. Fruit and flowers. Noodles and bread and sweets and spicy. I like to make food and to bake food and to pick it and to play with it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Rising oceans. Early education. Groceries. Loved ones. Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
You should message me if
You have something to say. 'Um, hi, how's your weekend?' isn't going to get a response. That said, I know this is hard and you do get points for trying, so just be your fine freak-flag waving self and say hello. Genuine kindness and a bit of effort goes far.

Mad Max: Fury Road left you filled with inchoate longings, gleeful confusion, and a kind of desperate happiness, and you need to talk about it.