I was a lawyer for many years, a stay-at-home parent for my two daughters for many years, then a lawyer again for a few years. I had a "take this job and shove it" moment in 2008 and quit working.
Gay rights = essential - two of my kids are gay, as is my oldest friend; accepting them and other gay people is a must.
Over the years, I have been to a lot of places, my favorites of which are Wakulla Springs (Florida) State Park, New Harmony (Indiana), Salzburg (Austria), and New Orleans.
I have been in all the states - lived in eleven of them (some more than once) - and been in twenty countries, mostly in Asia and Europe. Once, I lived briefly in Thailand. You John Prine fans out there: I have actually lived in Muehlenberg County and know where Paradise lays!
I was at Woodstock, but mine is a sad, sad story of opportunity lost!
I love to read, and I write about interesting people I have met, politics, current events and my travels. I have also written articles on child-raising, pre-marital counseling, recovery and law, which have been published.
On a political compass - you might try the questionnaire at politicalcompass.org - I am in the unusual anarcho-socialist quadrant, along with Gandhi, my longtime hero Nelson Mandela and my lifelong hero, MLK, Jr. I am a Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Bernie Sanders lefty.
My life has been complicated and has not linearly progressed to "living life to the fullest." In the words of Tyler Durden in Fight Club, "You don't know where I've been."
Telling stories - I love to write and tell them, and almost all of my stories are true! I will share them if you ask.
"As a Bokononist, I would happily go anywhere anyone suggested." [from Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.]
I was very good at taking care of and nursing my then-wife when she had inflammatory breast cancer.
I am told, and believe, that I have a knack for finding interesting, unusual places while traveling.
Here is something I believe:
"It is a simple matter to make a difference by doing small things; just do that."
Oh, wait, it's probably that I am that rare man on OKCupid who does NOT leap quickly and effortlessly from jeans to tux and back again, whilst living life to the fullest (and taking yoga ... and kayaking ... and taking long walks on the beach).
Movies: My Life As a Dog, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fight Club, Meet Joe Black, Raggedy Man, Age of Consent (James Mason & Helen Mirren (her first film)). Thelma and Louise, Rain (1932, Joan Crawford).
Old rock 'n roll, Delta blues
Pasta, ice cream, lattes, scallops, shrimp, Key Lime Pie
Query - are Brahms, Beethoven and Bach "world music" or do we only apply that label to 3rd "world" cultures?
Query - is sushi "ethnic food" or do we only apply that label ....?
"Life becomes bearable only when one has come to terms with who one is, both in one's own eyes and in the eyes of the world. We all of us must come to terms with what and who we are, and recognize that this wisdom is not going to earn us any praise, that life is not going to pin a medal on us for recognizing and enduring our own vanity or egoism or baldness or our pot-belly. No, the secret is that there's no reward and we have to endure our characters and our natures as best we can, because no amount of experience or insight is going to rectify our deficiencies, our self-regard, or our cupidity. We have to learn that our desires do not find any real echo in the world. We have to accept that the people we love do not love us, or not in the way we hope. We have to accept betrayal and disloyalty, and, hardest of all, that someone is finer than we are in character or intelligence." (Embers, by Sandor Marai)
Oh, what the heck; I'll play -
I have never kayaked, as everyone else apparently has, although I have canoed amongst smallish gators in the Everglades - eek! But then, I had a little alligator when I was 11; and I have studied them and have seen lots of them since ... and love them, as some people love and admire eagles, elephants, lions and polar bears.
I have had two actual OKCupid nightmares that woke me from a deep sleep: 1. all of the women on OKC who say they are "smart as a whip" appeared together in my dream and had ACTUAL WHIPS inside the little black dresses that everyone loves, and (2) ... oh, I can't tell this one - it was too terrifying!