I grew up in the deep South where I developed an immense respect for eye contact with strangers, live blues/folk music and front porch swings. I went to a small college in the Midwest which further radicalized the progressive southerner my Daddy had raised. Studied anthropology, religion, and political science and developed a fascination with labor, indigenous and immigrant rights. Spent a semester in Bolivia which absolutely changed my life. My parent's divorce during college taught me a lot about the woman that is my mother and helped me to find and embrace my own feminine side. Graduated and moved to San Francisco.
I discovered the joy of cycling for everyday use and the weather to do it year round. I worked in asylum and immigration law for two years before I took a summer to find myself. More accurately, I gave up some parts of myself and found a few new pieces to take their place. I came back to SF after a restorative summer of urban gardens, camp counseling, potlucking and cycling.
For the past four years, I've done social work with youth and families as well as environmental education and activism in my community. I think my greatest gifts are teaching patience, compassion, non-violent communication and intentional vulnerability. I believe that emotional vulnerability and openness are essential to creating meaningful human interactions and connections. I also try hard to find and appreciate the humor as well as profundity in everything around me.
I stay active, mostly by riding my bike everywhere I go. I also love hiking, climbing, and generally getting away from TVs and automobiles. In the same vein, I like to garden, build, craft, and play. I like using my hands and take pleasure in not hiring help when things need to get fixed. I am also a decent musician and writer but do not put near enough time into practicing those crafts.
I love people and trying to understand the reasons we act the way we do. I can often be caught people watching, but to be honest, most of my attention is saved for big dogs and little children. I love sharing food, drinks, energy and ideas with my friends and lovers. For me, that is the definition of a happy life.