part time work at the public library as a bilingual
(Spanish/English) access/outreach/reference/program person
part time, slowly cultivating a peace
education consultant business.
mostly, this is Original Play--going into schools as well as
offering private sessions, playing with kids
part time bike
commuter, part time car driver, part time walker (that is, walking
with my feet, not with a walking-support device). I'd like to learn
to ride a unicycle some day. just because. hang gliding too (though
I prob'ly won't commute that way). bungee jumping--not so much (and
definitely no bungee-commuting in my future).
training: full time (ideally), mindfulness
practice, in connection
with Thich Nhat Hanh's Community of Mindful Living; aikido
art) ~3 x week; mindfulness-based attunement/creative performance
accidentally became a choir director a few years ago. it's not
accidental any more; I'm loving it. the group is called Threshold
Choir, a community of women who bring presence and song to people
passing through life thresholds (birth, death, sickness, struggle,
celebration, change...). and i became a song leader/chant master in
my mindfulness community, also somewhat incidentally/organically.
I've been enjoying beginning to offer workshops on mindfulness,
music and (body) movement. fun stuff! and i can play a variety of
instruments, though I am not practicing any of them in a
disciplined way, at this point. singing with
for people, rather than performing formally, brings me alive.
keep remembering how vital it is for me to get out there, to
out there. step away from the concrete, from
the buildings and highways and city-spin and return to the basics:
food, water, shelter, beauty, companionship, solitude, the
large-deep-wide-wild belonging. stars. bare feet on earth, on rock.
senses waking up. the work of travel, carrying everything I need on
my back or in my boat. the joy of moving over landscape, through
landscape. topographic maps.
the ongoing questions: how does it all fit? how can I do all the
things that are calling to me? where's the time for more regular
art-making? creative writing? scholarly reading and writing? when
will I learn Vietnamese? or brush up my sign language skills? when
will I hike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail? and
what about finding a life partner to share it all with?