Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My adventurous spirit explores both wilderness landscapes and
obscure library shelves. As a student entering his final year of
graduate school, I am always pursuing opportunities for physical
exercise, intellectual development, and spiritual practice. Often
my Zen meditation stands at the intersection of all three.
I am prone to bursts of laughter, experiencing life in full, and
moving through this world with a memorable soundtrack. I consider
myself fortunate to enjoy a multitude of important friendships and
close connections to family. So why am I here? I feel ready and
open to creating another fun, engaging, and special relationship. I
wonder if there is a down-to-earth woman who feels comfortable by
the ocean, in the city, and in her own skin?
I can seem shy at first, though confidants that know me realize I
am listening, learning, and living into meaningful interactions
with deep sincerity and genuine interest. Is contemplative inquiry
still fashionable? That seems to be the outfit I wear best. The tag
says: “Creative. Insightful. Gentle. Pair with similar garments.”
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
To pull myself out of a social, professional, and existential rut,
I decided to return to school in 2011. Moving first from Los
Angeles with an emerging affinity for Zen Buddhism to northern
Wisconsin, I immersed myself in myriad humanities and nature
courses. By the time of my graduation I had crafted a personalized
degree in Ecospirituality. Inspired by the intersection of
exterior/physical landscapes and interior/spiritual landscapes, I
decided to continue my studies and pursue a Master of Divinity
degree. I saw chaplaincy—being an audience and an advocate, a
colleague and a confidant—as one possible expression for
Ecospirituality, but as I near the completion of this graduate
degree, that particular professional vision seems less resonant.
The spiritual and academic work undertaken in recent years has only
served to bring about dark nights of the soul followed by moments
of brilliant illumination. That is a verbose way of saying my heart
is open to all possibilities of community, career, and calling.
Amid these fertile edges between practice and scriptures,
colleagues and wilderness I continue to discern.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I try to be an attentive listener, whether to colleagues or
strangers, nature or music.
Because of myriad travels, my crucial friends are scattered across
this country and the globe. I am good at staying in touch with
these companions, whether through phone calls, texts, or
As an only child, I grew up with television and records as my
siblings. Therefore, I tend to be a fount of obscure pop culture
knowledge. This scholarship proves fruitful when playing
I have become proficient at subscribing to podcasts and letting
downloaded episodes linger unplayed on my computer's hard
I can pick you up when you fall. I can pay attention to your
dreams. I can drive you home tonight (provided your vehicle is not
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I am tall. Tall enough that many people ask how tall I am.
As an introvert, the impression I make on a first date is often one
of quiet and reticence. But here's the secret: stick with me for a
third or fourth date. Let me get acclimated and I will share my
soul and a few droll one-liners, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
“Awareness” by Anthony De Mello challenged me on every page. I
enjoy Edward Abbey’s biting essays and Sigurd Olson’s benevolent
voice. “Papillon,” whether true or not, is one of the great
adventure stories. Myriad religious and spiritual tomes, in
particular Zen Buddhism commentaries as well as Sufi and Native
“Synecdoche, New York” can be a difficult watch, but the conclusion
is devastating in the best possible way. I continue to discover
meaningful layers to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” “Almost
Famous” makes me wish for a time machine. Also, the presence of
Warren Oates tends to grab my attention.
I moved to Los Angeles to work for a record label, so this category
could overflow with names and recommendations. Let me profess my
infatuation for the songs of Merle Haggard and the Beach Boys—two
distinct California sounds. I have been buying the dynamic music of
Ginger Wildheart for over 20 years.
California Pacific Coast Highway
Beach Boulevard (Orange County)
Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles)
Colorado Route 550
Lake Shore Drive (Chicago)
Indiana State Road 37
Montana Highway 509
Utah Route 163
Wisconsin Bayfield County Road C
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1) Profound friendship
2) Rapturous music
3) Expansive shorelines
4) Revelatory transformation
5) Unrestrained laughter
6) Sincere curiosity
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I often wonder what happened to the spartan subjects of Richard
Avedon's "In the American West."
Also this story:
Two monks were arguing about a flag.
One said: "The flag is moving."
The other said: "The wind is moving."
The sixth patriarch happened to be passing by.
He told them: "Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving."
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
After a busy week of schoolwork, sometimes the necessary remedy is
retreating to my room and listening to music. Otherwise, I tend to
be out with friends, imbibing drinks and getting drunk on good
conversation. Most Saturday mornings I am up early to participate
in services with the local Zen sangha.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My spirit animal is the manatee.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You are infatuated by disparate types of wilderness.
You pursue authenticity.
You celebrate wisdom in all forms.
You seek to understand yourself and the world.
You relish meaningful conversation.
You swim against the current and go with the flow.
You want to listen to Prince bootlegs.
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