I'm an original thinker with a sharp mind and a rich imagination,
artistic, perceptive, generous and warm. I'm a writer
, historian, mixed-heritage, multicultural, bilingual,
with a warm heart and luscious body.
I'm looking for a life mate, and up for playmates while I'm seeking
is a deep source of joy for me, as is
art-making, strong friendship, good conversation, and the
activities of the ALBA countries of Latin America. My spiritual
life is strong, eclectic, magical and very much my own.
What I’m doing with my life
As I said, I'm a writer, a visual artist, and a historian, all of
it independent. I see the world in great peril from out of control
greed and individualism, and I work to keep opening up a sense of
possibility, that there are other ways to live and to organize
human societies. History is a great reserve of lessons and hope,
and I mine it for material. My radicalism is central to my life. I
can't imagine a long term lover who isn't also a comrade.
Day to day I spend more time thinking, reading, listening to music,
talking and daydreaming than actually writing, because that's how I
I also make art, grow vegetables and pay attention to trees,
weather, birds and moon phases.
[I have a second one where I am much more explicit about my
disabilities & chronic illness. (kripsickpoet) I plan to merge
them soon, but haven't yet.]
I’m really good at
Improvising creative solutions, friendship, seeing the big picture,
understanding how things are connected, appreciating color,
supporting people I care about, wheat free cookery, fighting fair,
giving people great presents, communicating, asking questions,
finding things to do with fresh lemons, telling stories, finding
things to treasure and appreciate in people, and telling them about
it. Oh, yeah, and I'm a really good writer, and increasingly good
visual artist. Check out my journal entries here.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm engaging, articulate, warm and open. I'm passionate about a lot
of things, curious about many more, know a lot of history and
geography, and may very well be hand-sewing something.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses, Louise Erdrich's The Antelope
Wife and The Master Butcher's Singing Club, Starhawk's The Fifth
Sacred Thing, most Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, Julia Alvarez,
especially In the Time of the Butterflies and Yo!, Barbara
Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer and Pigs in Heaven, Geraldine Brooks'
People of the Book, Laurie King's Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell
mysteries, Sherman Alexie's Rservation Blues, all of Vandana
Shiva's books, Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America, Clive
Ponting's A Green History of the World, Norman Doidge's The Brain
That Changes Itself, the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, Pablo Neruda,
Nicolas Guillen, Mario Benedetti, Adrienne Rich, Mary Oliver, Irena
Klepfisz, Bertolt Brecht, Martin Espada.
Movies/TV: West Wing, The Waiting List, Divided We Fall, I Capture
the Castle, Sense & Sensibility, the old Star Trek movies,
Across the Universe, Wives & Daughters, Gosford Park, Sweet
Land, Sarah Plain & Tall, Good Will Hunting, Mona Lisa Smiles,
Lone Star and almost everything else by John Sayles, Strawberry
& Chocolate, Iron Jawed Angels, Daniel Deronda, Big Fish,
Foyle's War, Second Sight (detective series,) The Last Detective,
The Namesake, Roseanne. I have a low tolerance for violence, and
for humor that's based on mockery or stereotypes.
Food: organic, wheat & dairy free, lots of veggies. Thai &
sushi for treats. Or fried platano maduro.
The six things I could never do without
people to love
fresh, organic vegetables
beauty both natural and handmade
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to transform alienated selfishness into connected
whatever writing is brewing at the moment
the people I care about
the ecosystem I live in
the fabrics, threads, photographs, beads and stories with which I
what to cook for my next healthy meal
how to use modern technology to locate magical connection, lifelong
friends and true love.
Living in these challenging, constantly changing bodies of ours.
On a typical Friday night I am
There's no typical Friday night. I work for myself, so weekends and
weekdays aren't that different, except on Fridays sometimes I light
shabbas candles. Home watching a video or sewing or making art; out
to dinner with friends, taking a class, doing co-counseling,
listening to music. If I'm lucky, my daughter could call. Or rain
could be drumming on the roof. Or a friend might drop in via Skype.
Or I might get inspired and go into creative trance and work out
the next bit of writing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
after loathing pink as a little girl, I have grown to love
I spent two years in a wheelchair after a stroke. I can walk now,
thanks to Cuban medicine, but some days there's pain, and often
fatigue. I love wilderness, and get out in it whenever I can, but I
can't hike for hours, carry a backpack or climb mountains.
You should message me if
You're intrigued, attracted, excited, moved, more than idly
curious. You're engaged in some way with changing the world, not
just watching it.
Extra points for the men: If you were raised by a feminist
grandmother or have a lot of books by women on your favorites
Extra points for everyone if you speak Spanish, find strong, smart
women delightful, do not require athleticism in a partner, and sing
in the shower.